Furniture lacquers have come a long way in the last few decades. Today, they are tougher than ever, UV stable and even available with anti-microbial properties for hygienic reasons. While on the subject of hygiene, we’ll take the opportunity to advise against oils or waxes to finish indoor furniture. They do nothing to protect the lovely timber, they harbour germs and need to be reapplied over and over. Outdoor furniture is the ONLY furniture that should be waxed or oiled, indoors we need a strong, hygienic lacquer. Solvent based or water based? Solvent. Water based lacquers contain a mould retarding agent that is present full time to inhibit mould growth. The chemical is always there and so is it’s odour… forever. Water based can’t be poured down the drain as most people believe.
Solvent based lacquers have the lacquer suspended in a solvent which rapidly evaporates after application. There’s a slight odour for around a week and after the curing period, the smell has completely gone. Solvent based lacquers straight off the gun produce a professional finish with little wastage. Our finishes can be restored back to new even after a decade of high use so you’ll always be able to keep your Mabarrack furniture in tip top shape. Pre-catalysed lacquers are handy for sealing bedsides, hall tables but not the best for high use surfaces. For that we use the strength of 2 pack polyurethane, a two pack lacquer with a catalyst which will not only beautify the timber but will harden crystal clear with a scratch resistance similar to glass.
The Bio-Guard Antimicrobial Coating (formulated by Pylon Coatings Australia) incorporates Biomaster that guarantees fast, effective antimicrobial protection for the effective lifetime of the product, helps to keep surfaces clean and hygienic and reduces the risk of cross-contamination.