Furniture Finishes

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In furniture manufacturing, painting is usually called finish. Think about that putting a nice coat on the surface of a piece of furniture whitewood case. That is finish.

Sometimes the name on a piece of furniture describes the finish rather than the type of wood used as its construction. For example, oak finish can be applied to an entirely different species of wood. Be sure to check the finish color and species of your furniture.


An Overview of Finishing Process

As you may have already known, hand finishing is always the answer why nice furniture finishes are so beautiful and durable. Following is an abridged hand-finishing process.

  • After a piece of furniture whitewood is hand sanded, an undertone stain is applied.
  • Next, a washcoat seals the stain. It is hand sanded again, and filler is applied and packed into the wood pores for a smooth, even surface.
  • Excess filler is wiped off by hand and a sealer coat is applied.
  • The piece is again hand sanded.
  • Next it is hand padded to mellow the tone.
  • A specially prepared luster glaze is applied liberally and rubbed by hand on carved areas to highlight and subdue the prime color.
  • Antiquing or distressing follows the glaze operation and is done by hand.
  • Then ready for protective coatings.
  • After drying, hand waxing and hand rubbing.


So now you know or understand more of how a nice furniture is finished, meaning how beautiful its ‘coat’ is.