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HARDWAX OIL COMPARISON TO LACQUER & TRADITIONAL OIL FINISHES

HARDWAX OIL COMPARISON TO LACQUER & TRADITIONAL OIL FINISHES

Jeff Tennebaum
September 07, 2023

A wood surface finish is applied to the wood creating a hard coating to protect the floor from marks, scratches, stains, and water damage. By selecting the right finish, along with proper cleaning and care, your hardwood floor will retain its beauty and durability for many years to come.

Since wood flooring is subject to different levels of physiological stress and strain on a daily basis, we wanted to answer the question, "which surface finish is best for my floor?"

LACQUER FINISHES

Lacquer finishes create a hard and durable surface which is completely closed. The film
layer protects the floor over time from normal wear and tear. However, this layer does wear down over time, allowing scratches, stains, and cracks to become apparent. This results in the necessity of a major renovation to resand and reseal the floor.

Lacquer Finish Wear Chart

FIGURE 1 (SEE ABOVE)

TRADITIONAL OIL BASED FINISHES

Traditional oil based finishes enhance the woods natural colouring and appearance. Rather than forming a hard film, the oil penetrates into the woods surface, which causes the surface to wear down more rapidly than lacquer. However, traditional oil finishes can be maintained by regular cleaning and frequent re-oiling. This frequent maintenance can be demanding.

Traditional Oil Wear Chart

FIGURE 2 (SEE ABOVE)

NWP HARDWAX OIL (UV CURED) FINISH

Hardwax oil (UV Cured) combines oils and waxes, to not only protect the wood from within, but also create a dirt repellent surface. The finish wears down much slower than a traditional oil finish, dramatically reducing the frequency of maintenance while keeping the re-oiling process easy and manageable––without the need for sanding. This offers the optimum protection one would see with lacquer, while retaining the woods natural characteristics, like a traditional oil finish.

NWP Hardwax Oil (UV Cured)

FIGURE 3 (SEE ABOVE)

 

THE MAIN BENEFITS OF HARDWAX OIL (UV CURED) INCLUDE:

1. NO VOCs, HEALTHY & ECO-FRIENDLY:

NWP Hardwax Oil (UV Cured) ensures a healthy environment for your living spaces by being completely free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This eco-friendly choice contributes to indoor air quality while protecting your wood flooring.

2. LOW MAINTENANCE, LONG-LASTING:

Experience the advantage of lasting protection with NWP Hardwax Oil (UV Cured). Its resilient properties reduce the need for frequent maintenance, offering a hassle-free solution for keeping your wood flooring in pristine condition. When compared with lacquer or traditional oil finishes, hardwax oil minimizes effort in the former and maintenance frequency in the latter (see figures 1, 2, and 3).

3. ENHANCE NATURAL BEAUTY:

NWP Hardwax Oil (UV Cured) not only safeguards your wood flooring but also rejuvenates it. Its unique formulation cleanses the surface while enhancing the natural appeal of the wood.

4. IDEAL FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SETTINGS:

From homes to commercial spaces, NWP Hardwax Oil (UV Cured) adapts seamlessly. Its durability and resistance make it a perfect choice for maintaining the allure of wood flooring in different environments.

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For more information, please consult your Northern Wide Plank representative.

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