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How You Should Finish European Beech Wood

Posted on March 26,2015

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European Beech wood is a type of wood that is actually very smooth by nature. It is encompassed of grains which are very closely packed together and are very dense. This way you can get the wood to be perfectly and smoothly finished with very minimal and little effort. Preparing the wood to let it go through the process is also very quick and easy.

It is in fact the trouble of finding materials which do not easily cut through and damage this type of wood that is hard to do. For example, things that we use normally to shape wood, like sand paper, are able to cut through this kind of wood too fast. This way it is different compared to other types of wood like hard maple which has the same kind of density but more tensile strength and a hardy outer layer.

The European Beech Wood is something hard to stain or dye into a color as well. It is hard to get a nice and evenly spread color with this kind of wood unless you engage in some harder and more cumbersome methods to do so. In this article we are going to take you through some of the more basic and simpler methods to get you started on how to finish your European Beech Wood.

Gel polyurethane

Firstly, you have Gel Polyurethane available for you. This is one of the easiest ways to get your finishing done on your European Beech wood. It is also one of the most durable ones available for you in the market and it is easy to use and easy to be purchased by people. It is usually the first choice if as a customer you would want to go on with finishing up your European Beech wood.

Everyone likes how easily and simply you get such a nicely finished piece of European Beech wood by putting in almost no effort at all with the Gel Polyurethane finish. This type of finish is a thick and creamy gel that helps you get an even spread on your dense and already smooth block of wood. It is easy to get it wiped on and wiped off your piece of European Beech wood and you can also use a foam brush or a rag to get a good coat onto your piece of wood.

Leave it to dry

Then you can use a clean piece of cloth to remove the gel of your wood and this is where you need to make sure that you level off the layer of gel neatly as you go on. This is how you can easily land up with a nice and even looking coat of finish with minimal effort. Once you let the coat dry for about 6 hours, then you are ready to go on to apply another full coat in the same way. The best part is that you do not need to sand in between your coats of gel polyurethane.

Spray lacquer

The next type of finishing material you can use is Spray Lacquer. This has a few benefits over the previously discussed material of gel polyurethane. It also has some disadvantages over the former. With spray lacquer, you can apply better coats in the same day because it takes far less time to dry off compared to gel polyurethane which takes 6 hours. Then you can move on to doing the next few steps which are rubbing your coat and then polishing it and you don’t have to wait for a whole few days for the whole process to be complete.

Lacquer is also an easier material to work with and fix up in a few years down the road when your European Beech wood has a stain or has born some damages on top of it. Also, more recent types of lacquers come in something called the “water white” formula which helps them stay clear and not stained even for years to come. This in comparison with the gel polyurethane really forms as an advantage as the latter tends to stain and lose its color and shine pretty easily with use.

Tung oil

Finally Tung Oil is another source of finish for you if you are looking into finishing your European Beech wood. This is the type of material you should be using if you want a nice color change for your European Beech wood. However, that being said, Tung Oil is not a durable and tensile material for you to trust your European Beech wood’s surface on compared to gel polyurethane for example.

Some tips for staining and dyeing

Make sure you do not apply the oil stains right on top of the wood to reduce blotching. Instead, you can use a gel stain on your wood before applying on your oil stains. This would help your wood have a longer lasting and a deeper shade of stain as well. Also use a wash coat with a gel stain if you want a milder color change instead.