Natural Oak is a lacquer-based finish (water-based polyurethane lacquer made in Germany) that protects the surfaces of the furniture without altering in any way the natural appearance of the oak wood. It is a particularly wear-resistant finish that is very suitable for furniture in contemporary, modern, Scandinavian and even rustic arrangements.
Color and gloss:
The Natural Oak finish does not change the color of the oak wood, the final color being that of the dried and planed oak timber. The degree of gloss is<3, being a very matte finish. The natural, unfinished appearance is so well preserved that even specialists have difficulties determining whether the surface is covered with lacquer or not. The simplest test is to apply a drop of water on the surface. The surface finished with Natural Oak will not absorb water and will retain its original color, while the uncoated surface will immediately absorb water, the color of the oak in that area intensifying, acquiring a golden-orange hue until the water evaporates.
Being an unpigmented coating that preserves the natural appearance of the oak wood, the final color of the furniture will be given by the color of the oak elements from which it is made. Thus, it is possible that different components of the furniture will have different shades of oak. But in the end, it is this natural look that makes the Natural Oak finish so appreciated and sought after.
Note:>In case of purchases made at different times of products in the Natural Oak finish, products that will be placed close to each other, in the same room, we recommend that you provide us with a reference sample from the previously purchased product. (for example: a door, a drawer, a shelf, etc.).
Being a UV resistant varnish, the color will be stable and will not change significantly over time.
Texture, appearance and touch:
Being an unpigmented varnish, the texture and design of the oak will not be dimmed or altered. The surfaces will keep the characteristic design and the beauty of the natural oak.
The touch is warm and pleasant, similar to planed and sanded, but uncoated oak timber.
Once the coating is completely dried and matured, the only perceptible odor will be that of oak wood.
The water-based polyurethane lacquer used is one of the best available on the market and offers very good resistance to scratches and wear. In fact, this varnish is used not only for furniture but also for finishing floors, parquet, stairs and handrails.
This varnish has a very good resistance to UV rays and will keep the look of natural wood for a very long time.
The maintenance is easy to do. The lacquer offers a good protection against dirt and stains, but one should know that dust and scratches are more visible on dark surfaces than on light surfaces.
Fordust removaland for regular surface maintenance, use a dry, soft, clean, non-abrasive cloth. The wiping should be done along the direction of the wood fiber.
Toremove the spilled liquids from the surface, use initially an absorbent material (paper towel, soft and clean cloth), after which wipe again the surface with a dry, soft and clean cloth. The wiping should be done along the direction of the wood fiber. The removal of spilled liquids should not be delayed, especially in the case of pigmented liquids, because over time the wood can absorb these liquids and can become stained (under the lacquer layer).
Toremove dry stains or stubborn dirt, use a clean and non-abrasive slightly damp cloth (in water or in a diluted solution containing water and a mild detergent or soap), after which wipe again the surface with a dry, soft and clean cloth. The wiping should be done along the direction of the wood fiber.
In all the cases described above, you should avoid applying pressure to the surface you are cleaning and do not insist too much on a certain area as you will change the degree of gloss of that area (the action is similar to polishing).
Do not use for cleaning and maintenance sprays and universal cleaning products, abrasive paper, steel wool or corrosive products as they can attack the lacquer film generating traces that cannot be removed. "Pronto" type products that contain wax can change the gloss of the surface.
Aggressive substances such as acetone, thinners, concentrated alcohols, etc. should never touch the lacquered surfaces.
We recommend the periodic repositioning of decorative objects placed on the finished surfaces.
The placement of furniture in direct sunlight or near heat sources that can "wash" wooden surfaces (fireplace, radiator, strong lamps, etc.) should be avoided. Even if it offers a pretty good sealing of the surfaces, the water-based polyurethane lacquer allows the wood to "breathe" and there will always be an exchange of humidity with the air in the room. The ideal humidity in the room is between 40% and 60%. Too low or too high can damage the furniture.
In case of significant surface damage (for example: scratches) it will be necessary to strip the surface and reapply the coating.