WOOD & STEEL FINISHES //
All FINISH options are low-VOC for piece-of-mind, yet durable for everyday use.
WOOD FINISH //
We have two different wood finish options to choose from, each having different durability properties and maintenance requirements:
01: Hardwax-Oil Finish | Osmo Polyx Oil is derived from natural plant oils and waxes, providing a hard-wearing and protective surface that is resistant to water, soda, wine, etc. The finish maintains the natural look and feel of the wood, all while offering protection and durability. In order to maintain the finish, we do recommend using coasters under serveware containing hot or cold liquids as well as cleaning up spills so as to not leave anything to set in over long periods. One major advantage to the hardwax oil is that it’s incredibly easily repairable/maintained, and in the event that minor signs of use occur the finish can be spot repaired with no sanding necessary. With Osmo's maintenance liquid wax cleaner, it's simple and quick to bring the finish "back to life" (https://worldclasssupply.com/store/OSMO-Liquid-Wax-Cleaner.html?xid=nAvveExJm5amkDObEnAfw5nIUWZBHupu). We are in a transitional period in which we are trying to reduce the amount of toxins in the products we use, and not only are we committed to reducing the amount of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) we emit for environmentally conscious reasons, but we are also trying to reduce the amount of toxins that our crew is exposed to for health reasons. Additionally, the hardwax-oil is a rub-on application (vs. other harsher methods such as spray-on which causes the finish to become airborn). Eventually, we plan to phase out the conversion varnish (2nd option outlined below) entirely and only use the hardwax-oil finish, but for now we will offer both finish options.
*Included in pricing for all items listed on our store page*
02: Conversion Varnish Finish | Since 2012 we have been using a spray-on, low-VOC conversion varnish. This finish offers a nice satin sheen with an exceptional durable ‘film’ finish comprised of two coats. In our earlier stages after trying out a dozen different finishes, we decided upon the conversion varnish due to the desired sheen of the finish in conjunction with it's superior durability. It is one of the most durable finishes available, while it's chemical makeup allows for elasticity with seasonal wood movement. However, the finish is very difficult to repair in the event that any damages occur, where the wood would require being transported to a professional to refinish the entire piece to restore it to new condition, even if the damage is minor. For these reasons, we also offer a more easily maintained finish, a hardwax oil (outlined above in option 1). Additionally, although the finish is considered low-VOC, it is not as eco-friendly as the new hardwax-oil finish we are offering as an alternative.
*Due to the lengthier process involved with the conversion varnish prep and application, there is an up-charge fee of +$200 for this option*
HARDWAX-OIL VS. CONVERSION VARNISH PROS AND CONS
Conversion Varnish | Gemini Coatings
- High build, strong film finish with elasticity
- Low-VOC (275 VOC)
- Exceptional durability, yet difficult to maintain/repair
- Cannot be spot repaired
- UV protective, water resistant
Hardwax-Oil Finish | Osmo Polyx Oil Pure
- High resistance/durability
- Made from plant oils and waxes
- Will never crack or flake
- Superior in terms of maintenance and application
- Can be spot repaired easily/at home
- Durable, with "natural" look/feel
- Water resistant plus juice, tea, cola, wine, beer, coffee
STEEL FINISH //
We have various steel finish options to choose from, all final coated with an extremely durable oven-baked powder coat, with no upkeep.
Powder coating allows us to achieve just about any color in a matte, satin or glossy sheen. It is a free-flowing dry powder that is applied electrostatically, then cured at ~390°F to allow it to form a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. It also contains no solvents, so it emits little to no VOC. Mainly used for coating auto/bike parts and outdoor furniture which require ultra durable / water resistant finishes. We arrange to have the legs professionally powder coated by a pro shop in our neighborhood, who charge accordingly for different dimensions.
01: Colored Powder Coat | Colors are limitless, but typically our clients prefer a simple black powder coat in a matte or satin sheen.
02: Clear Powder Coat | This will preserve the natural color of the steel, but protect it from staining and rusting. The welds are seamlessly blended, then sanded to a 'brushed finish'. The steel will appear natural and bright.
03: Black Magic Patina + Clear Powder Coat | A rich, black patina is applied to the bare steel with scotch-brite pads to give off a more industrial look, bringing the color of the legs to a deeper/darker grey with an added hand-rubbed appearance. We apply multiple coats until the desired color is reached, followed by water to neutralize the chemical reaction. This process combines the patina and clear powder coat for maintenance-free durability.