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What is the difference between oil and varnish?
Oil: Our special oil formula is perfect for cutting and food prep areas. It absorbs into the wood, conditioning it to repel moisture. Easy to reapply as often as needed without sanding, this no-hassle finish keeps the wood looking fresh in functional kitchens and provides a matte finish.
Pro tip: An oil finish means the wood grain is more exposed to nicks and scratches, but this allows for easy repair sanding and quick touch-ups. Great for heavy-use islands where the marks of use lend to the warmth of the home like historic butcher blocks.
Varnish: Our three-step varnish adheres to the top of the wood and acts as a protective layer. It is practical around sink areas, but isn’t idea for cutting surfaces. Varnish is a durable semi-gloss finish that best maintains the initial factory look.
Pro tip: A varnish is more durable than an oil finish. The life of varnish can vary depending on use, but to refinish the wood requires full sanding and removal of the varnish. Great for moist areas and lower-maintenance applications.
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