WOOD & STEEL FINISHES //
All FINISH options are low-VOC for piece-of-mind, yet durable for everyday use.
WOOD FINISh options //
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 condition of the wood, we recommend using coasters under serveware containing hot or cold liquids as well as cleaning up spills so as to not leave any moisture to set in over long periods that can cause spots or rings to occur. One major advantage to the hardwax oil is that it’s incredibly easy to repair/maintain, and in the event that minor signs of use occur the finish can be spot repaired with no overlap marks. 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 ever-committed to reducing the amount of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) we emit during our production process for environmentally conscious reasons, and are also trying to reduce the amount of toxins that our crew is exposed to for health safety precautions. Additionally, the hardwax-oil is a rub-on application (vs. other harsher methods such as spray-on which causes the finish to become airborne).
*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. In our earlier stages after trying out a dozen different finishes, we decided upon the conversion varnish as our primary finish 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 it’s important to note that the finish is difficult to repair in the event that any significant damages occur that exposes bare wood, where the wood would need to be transported to a professional to restore the entire surface. For these reasons, we also offer a more easily maintained finish, a hardwax oil (outlined above in option 1).
*Due to the lengthier process involved with the conversion varnish prep and application, there is an up-charge fee of +$95-$195 for this option. Specific upgrade costs per item will be outlined in each listing description*
WOOD FINISH OVERVIEW:
HARDWAX-OIL VS. CONVERSION VARNISH PROS AND CONS
Conversion Varnish | Gemini Coatings
- Amongst the most up-front durable finishes available
- High build, strong film finish with elasticity
- Low-VOC (275 VOC)
- UV protective, water resistant
- Can last a lifetime if properly cared for
- Mild satin sheen
- Will withstand spills/liquids from seeping into the wood
- Smooth texture
- Though the finish has exceptional up-front durability, it cannot be spot repaired and requires a professional to refinish
Hardwax-Oil Finish | Osmo Polyx Oil Pure
- Can be spot repaired easily at home/in place
- High resistance/durability
- Made from plant oils and waxes / Low-VOC
- Superior in terms of maintenance and application
- Will never crack or flake
- Durable, with "natural" look/feel
- Liquid resistant
- Smooth texture
- Requires a bit more up-front precautionary care
- Spilled liquids must be cleaned up and not left to set in which can cause stains or water rings
STEEL FINISH options //
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 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 "textured" appearance while remaining completely smooth to the touch. 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.