Invisible Lacquers - What are they?

Artisan Flooring - Invisible Lacquers - What are they?

Invisible floor lacquer or finish refers to a type of wood floor finish that maintains the natural, untreated appearance of the wood while still providing protection. The "invisible" look is popular among homeowners and designers seeking a raw, untreated wood aesthetic without sacrificing the protective qualities of a finish. Here's what you should know about invisible floor lacquer.

  1. Appearance: Invisible lacquers leave the wood looking as if it's almost untreated. The wood retains its natural color and matte finish. Unlike traditional finishes that may impart a glossy or semi-glossy sheen, invisible lacquers generally have a very matte finish, mimicking the raw look of untreated wood.

  2. UV Protection: Some high-quality invisible lacquers include UV filters to prevent the wood from yellowing or discoloring when exposed to sunlight.

  3. Water-Based: Most invisible lacquers are water-based, which means they have low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and are more environmentally friendly compared to some solvent-based finishes.

  4. Durability: Despite their "invisible" nature, these lacquers offer good protection against daily wear and tear, scratches, and stains. However, like all finishes, they will wear over time and might need to be reapplied depending on the level of foot traffic and wear.

  5. Application: Invisible lacquers can be applied using a roller or brush. It's essential to prepare the wood floor adequately, ensuring it's clean and free from dust or residues. Typically, multiple coats are applied, with light sanding in between coats to achieve the best results.

  6. Maintenance: Floors finished with an invisible lacquer can be cleaned with a damp mop and a pH-neutral cleaner. As with any wood floor, it's essential to avoid excessive moisture and to wipe up spills promptly.

If you're looking for a finish that maintains the natural, raw appearance of wood while providing protection, an invisible floor lacquer could be an excellent choice. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when applying and maintaining the finish to ensure longevity and the desired appearance.

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