Tips for Selecting an Interior Wood Finish Tips for Selecting an Interior Wood Finish

There is something warm about a good interior wood finish. A warm wood finish to doors, baseboards, stairs and wainscoting offers a fine appearance to your home. When you are changing the interior of your home you might think about having all your wood stripped back with a view to a different finish. Your options are many and you can choose whether to use a paint, stain, wax or other finish which will further enhance the wood in your home.

Tip 1 – Wax Polish

Wax comes in many forms and types. The most common is probably bees wax polish which people use to create a deep lustrous coating on the wood in their homes. Waxes are not particularly useful for exterior woods but used indoors they can be magnificent. Wax polishes are easy to apply and can be buffed to a gleaming luster shine and at the same time, protect the natural oils in the wood. Waxes should ordinarily be used on top of a finishing coat of another substance like varnish or lacquer. In itself, wax won’t suffice but coupled with a lacquer it can enhance the appearance.

Tip 2 – Paint

If the wood in your home is in less than perfect condition, as some wood may be, you can use paint. Paint will always hide a multitude of sins and when it comes to grainy wood or stained wood which cannot be altered, paint is the better option. An undercoat of white paint followed by top coat of an oil based high gloss paint will create a thick barrier with which the wood will be heavily disguised of any flaws. Paint can also lighten a room. Some darker woods have the capacity to soak up the light from a room and make it appear darker, even when plenty of light is coming in. lighter woods do not have this issue so if you are thinking of coloring or staining dark wood, consider the advantages of a light paint instead.

Tip 3 – Dyes and Stains

Both of these mediums have the capability to change the natural color of the wood to something redder or darker. It is not possible to stain a dark wood to make it lighter, but you can stain lighter wood to a darker shade. Keep in mind however, that if you do stain a lighter wood into a darker color you cannot reverse this at a later date. Be sure before you undertake this process that you absolutely want to do it. Stains will stain the surface of the wood and penetrate deep into the pores. A dye will have the same effect but most dyes a little more opaque than stains.

Tip 4 – Oils

For a very natural and nourishing effect you can opt for oils. Linseed oil is used in maintaining many woods and is simply rubbed on and into the wood with a clean, lint free cloth. Oils will nourish the fibers of the wood and help it to maintain its own natural preservatives. At the same time it will add a beautiful dimension to the wood in your home.

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