OSMO timber finishes, recommended by MAXI Plywood for their plywood and
timber, are a premium range of wood finishing products that combine all the
advantages of oil, lacquer and water-based finishes while eliminating the
Customers are increasingly seeking environmentally-sensitive solutions
in protective finishing products for raw timber and plywood over conventional chemical
based plywood and timber finishes. Their choices have been limited to traditional
oil-based finishing systems or lacquer and water-based finishing systems, both
of which offer effective protection of timber surfaces but only for the short
term. Currently available solutions are also not completely environmentally safe.
Traditional oil-based timber finishes allow excellent penetration into
the wood; eliminate cracking, flaking, peeling or blistering; and can be used
for partial renovations. Disadvantages include insufficient liquid resistance
and time-consuming maintenance.
Lacquer or water-based finishes form a film/layer on the top of the wood
surface; offer good resistance against liquids; protect from abrasion; and
allow easy maintenance. Disadvantages include sanding requirement for renovation;
unsuitability for partial renovations; and susceptibility to cracking, flaking,
peeling and blistering.
The OSMO eco-safe natural wood finish range is a new system of natural
plant oil and wax wood finishes created in Germany by a timber company
following years of research and dissatisfaction with unreliable conventional
methods. OSMO products are formulated to eliminate the problems associated with
conventional oil, lacquer and water-based treatments, with the oil penetrating
the wood surface to protect the wood from deep within and the waxes forming an
elastic microporous surface to protect the wood.
OSMO combines all the professional features of an oil-based finish with
the smooth results of conventional lacquers; is simple, economical and easy to
apply; and does not emit unpleasant odours during or after application.
The formulation of OSMO wood finishes is based on oils and waxes and
includes sunflower oil, carnauba wax and candelila wax, and linseed, soya and
thistle oils. Providing a natural, environment-friendly and safe timber coating
based on clean renewable plant-based raw materials, OSMO can be used in the
food, educational and childcare industries as well as medical, veterinary,
hospitality and event sectors. OSMO finishes are safe for humans, animals and
plants, and represent an encompassing positive step in providing an eco-safe
The binding agents in OSMO wood finishes are also based on natural plant
oils, which penetrate the plywood and timber deeply for lasting protection. This
deep protective system is especially a major benefit against UV rays, which can
otherwise grey the wood over time and make it brittle. OSMO also protects
against water damage by forming a layer to prevent algae and fungal spores from
attacking the timber. Most insects are also repelled by the natural oil
ingredients, extending the active life of timber products. The micro-porous
surface continues to absorb and release moisture without damaging the timber.
Key advantages of the OSMO oil/wax based finishing system include
protective micro-porous surface created on application allowing wood to breathe;
anti-static properties repelling dust to suit allergy sufferers; no requirement
for primer before application; minimal quantity required per application for
economical use; smooth and consistent application eliminating trace of
brushstrokes; no need to thin the oil or wax, avoiding mess; no peeling; and recoating
possible without prior sanding.
OSMO wood finishes are also ideal for partial renovation involving scuff
marks, deep scratches or general damage. Application can be done after a light
sanding in interior jobs. For general exterior use, renovation and restoration
of timber and plywood exposed surfaces simply require a new application of OSMO
without sanding beforehand. Sanding is required only if the timber has been previously
coated with lacquer or any other oil product.
Now available at MAXI Plywood, OSMO products are
recommended for decking protection, interior timber floor protection, furniture
and exposed timber protection, anti-slip floor surfaces, timber floor and stair
colour stains, exterior timber UV protection and timber floor maintenance; TopOil
for interior timber kitchen and food surfaces; and OSMO liquid wax cleaner for
all interior timber surfaces.