Specifying and Technical

Finishes Guide

(These are guidelines only)

Generic Type General Properties Typical Application Hardness/wear & tear Heat resistance, hot coffee Water & yellowing resistance
Acrylic polyurethane, solvent base The best product for re-con veneer & natural veneer
  • Kitchen, bathroom vanity doors & panels
  • High quality commercial & domestic projects / fit out
  • Window furnishing (venetian blinds & shutters)
  • High quality furniture
  • Table & bar tops
  • Hotel and office fittings
Excellent Excellent Excellent to both
Polyurethane Very good product for re-con & natural veneer
  • Kitchen, bathroom vanity doors & panels
  • High quality commercial & domestic projects / fit out
  • High quality furniture
  • Table & bar tops
  • Laboratory, hotel and office fittings
  • Stairs & handrails
Excellent Excellent Water resistance excellent. Do yellow, degree of yellowing varies between brands
Water base
two pack
Excellent product for re-con & natural veneer. Perform similar to acrylic polyurethane,
but more environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen, bathroom vanity doors & panels
  • High quality commercial & domestic projects / fit out
  • Window furnishing (venetian blinds & shutters)
  • High quality furniture
  • Table & bar tops
  • Hotel and office fittings
  • Stairs & handrails
  • Children’s toys & furniture
Very good Excellent Excellent to both
Low VOC polyurethane Very good product for re-con & natural veneer
  • Kitchen, bathroom vanity doors & panels
  • High quality commercial & domestic projects / fit out
  • Window furnishing (venetian blinds & shutters)
  • High quality furniture
  • Table & bar tops
  • Hotel and office fittings
  • Stairs & handrails
  • Children’s toys & furniture
Excellent Excellent As per polyurethane
UV Curable coating Good product for
re-con & natural veneer
  • Timber flooring & blinds
  • Flat pack furniture
  • Vanity, kitchen doors & panels
Excellent Excellent Excellent to both
Water base
single pack
Not as good as
the two pack water base
  • Window furnishing (venetian blinds & shutters)
  • Quality furniture
  • Children’s toys & furniture
Good Very Good Very good to both
Acid catalysed Older technology. Contain formaldehyde
  • Dining and office furniture
  • Casket manufacture
Good Good Good water resistance.
Can change the colour of timber substrate
Pre catalysed Older technology.
  • Dining room tables
  • Wall panelling
  • Office furniture
Fair Poor Water resistance is fair. Yellow quite badly
Nitrocellulose Very old technology
  • General lounge & bedroom furniture
  • Furniture restoration
  • Wall panelling
  • Casket manufacture
Poor Poor Poor to both