Creative Landscape Accents,
Wooden Structures & Architectural Decor For The
Garden & Landscape
are many types of finishes that can be applied to a
completed outdoor project. This includes but is
certainly not limited to paints, varnishes, oils and
sealers to name a few. However, it is important to
understand that all finishes essentially fall into
one of two categories: surface and penetrating. The
qualities and characteristics of each finish should
be carefully considered before selecting a finish,
if any, for your completed project. Some of these
traits are detailed below:
Surface finish characteristics:
Lie on the
surface of the wood.
natural varnish, polyurethane, shellac, lacquer and oil or
water base paints.
thickness increases with each successive application.
Tend to take
longer to apply; less forgiving
signs of cracking, peeling and fading over time due to the
damaging effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
moisture resistance, durability and abrasion resistance.
Penetrating finish characteristics:
down into the pores of the wood and forms a finish that
resides in the wood.
oil, Danish oil, linseed oil, mineral oil and salad bowl
with a brush, roller, sprayer or wiped on with a clean
cloth; more forgiving.
long-lasting yet are easy to repair with another
Most tend to
darker the wood while highlighting the grain structure of
offer the abrasion resistance of a surface finish.
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