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What is the difference between oil, varnish and lacquer?

Oil, varnish and lacquer are all terms associated with protecting your hardwood floor. All types and species of hardwood floors need to be sealed to protect them from damage and to highlight their natural colour and beauty.

You would need to use an oil, varnish or lacquer for two different reasons. Firstly, if you are installing an unfinished floor, it will need to be sealed with one of these products before it is walked on. Secondly, if your hardwood floor has been laid for a significant amount of time and has lost its freshness and sheen, it may need refreshing and reviving with another application of oil, varnish or lacquer.

What is the difference between oil varnish and lacquer

Lacquers and varnishes are the same thing, just known by different names by different people and trades. The term lacquer is generally used when talking about hardwood wood flooring. Lacquers for hardwood floors are available in a variety of finishes, including: matt, semi-matt and gloss.

What is the difference between oil varnish and lacquer - lacquered oak flooring Lacquered oak flooring

Oils for hardwood floors are available in different shades, including: clear, grey and white, and can also be found with different finishes, including matt and satin. Oiling your hardwood floor will provide a much more natural finish.

What is the difference between oil varnish and lacquer - oiled oak flooring Oiled oak flooring

When oiling or lacquering a wooden floor always use products that are specifically designed for hardwood floors and always read and follow the instructions carefully.

For questions relating to any Ambience Hardwood Flooring products, telephone 0116 2741050 or email mail@ambiencehardwoodflooring.com. Thanks for reading.

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