Top Coat Protective Finishes


Determine which top coat protective finish best suits your application

 

Table Designs Top Coat Protective Finishes

Ultra UV (UV Cured) Tables

A protective topcoat / finish cured by intense ultra-violet light, this finish is the most durable in the furniture industry. The main advantage is mar and scratch resistance which is far superior to either varnish or epoxy. The heat, moisture and chemical resistance are also superior. Our UV finish is available in semi-gloss or matte upon request. Our resins come with UV inhibitors however they may develop an amber tint over time, which is most noticeable on white. We can apply it as a top coat to standard plank tops as an alternative option to conversion varnish. It can also be applied to gloss resin tables to increase scratch resistance. Varnish and Ultra UV are more resistant to heat but should be treated with reasonable care. If it is too hot to hold by hand, please use an insulating barrier.  

Conversion Varnish Tables

An industry standard for wood veneer and solid wood tabletops, it is more durable than lacquer and is resistant to moisture, heat and chemicals. The finish is applied by spraying several coats to a finished thickness of 6 thousands of an inch. As it is a thin film finish, heat from moderately hot cups and plates will transfer through to the wood substrate without visibly affecting the finish. While conversion varnish is scratch resistant, the finish will show scratches on darker stained woods. To minimize this effect we apply a satin sheen. Heavy daily use may require refinishing after several years.

Gloss Resin Tables

A poured finish which has a thickness of as much as .25”, epoxy resin is used both as durable wood finish and as a coating over logos, photographs, posters, metal, fabrics, cards, coins, etc. Epoxy has been a favorite finish for bars and restaurants because moisture will never affect it and it will never wear off, meaning tabletops can be in use for years without needing to be refinished. However, as it is a thick film finish the epoxy will be affected by hot cups and plates, leaving an indentation or “heat ring”, and surface scratches are more evident as they are suspended above the substrate. Epoxy finishes generally go through a “wear in” period during which they receive initial surface scuffing and some indentations. Epoxy is available as gloss or satin, the latter may cause some blurring of image detail in the substrate. Please be aware, any objects with a rough or unpolished finish may scratch the surface. Additionally, our resins come with UV inhibitors however may develop an amber tint over time, most noticeable on white.


Resin vs. Ultra UV Top Coat Protective Finishes

Scratch Test On Ultra UV Finish

Resin Untouched - Top Coat Protective Finish
Resin Untouched
Resin 50 Strokes - Top Coat Protective Finish
Resin 50 Strokes with Steel Wool
Resin with 150 Strokes with Steel Wool Brush - Top Coat Protective Finish
Resin with 150 Strokes with Steel Wool Brush
Ultra UV Untouched - Top Coat Protective Finish
Ultra UV Untouched
Ultra UV Finish 50 Strokes with Steel Wool Brush Ultra UV Finish 150 Strokes with a Steel Wool Brush
Ultra UV Finish 50 Strokes with Steel Wool
Ultra UV Finish 150 Strokes with a Steel Wool Brush
Ultra UV Finish 150 Strokes with Steel Wool

Heat Test on Ultra UV Top Coat Protective Finish