Wood Finishes and Coatings

Through our extensive knowledge of the wood finishes industry and our unequalled range of wood coatings we can find you the right product to suit any requirement, ensuring you get the best finish possible.

We stock an extensive range of wood finishes from the leading manufacturers, encompassing everything from maintenance coatings to full factory finishes, in either opaque or translucent systems, and a vast range of shades and colours, with a rapid colour matching service.

We supply wood coatings to suit a wide range of professional uses, including indoor and exterior joinery, indoor and outdoor furniture, office furniture, kitchen and bathroom fittings and decking to name a few.

Wood finishes can be used to enhance the natural beauty of wood, improve its appearance and provide significantly greater durability and protection from damage and the elements.

Professional Wood Finishes and Coatings

Wide Range of Wood Finishes

We stock an extensive range of professional wood coatings and wood finishes from leading manufacturers across the world, encompassing everything from maintenance coatings to full factory finishes, in either opaque or translucent systems.

Colour Matching

We are widely recognised as being the best colour matchers for wood coatings in the business for both accuracy and speed of turnaround. We have colour mixing facilities based across the UK to ensure that you can get the colour you need, when you need it.

Experts in Wood Coatings

We have a team of on the road technical advisors who are experts in wood coatings and finishes and have had extensive training by our many suppliers to ensure they are able to get you the best finish for your wooden surfaces.

Wood Finishes Troubleshooting Guide


Possible Cause


Bits in finish

  1. Dusty atmosphere
  2. Product drying too slowly
  3. Dirty spray equipment
  1. Use tack rags and improve dust extraction
  2. Increase tempetature of drying room, check ratios and correct thinners used
  3. Dismantle and clean equipment thoroughly

Too matt/glossy

  1. Product insufficiently stirred
  1. Stir adequately

Dull finish/bloom

  1. Insufficient preparation
  2. Humidity too high or room too cold
  3. Poor quality thinner
  1. Denib and re-prepare / pullover
  2. Use anti-chill thinners / retardant thinners, improve drying room conditions
  3. Use correct thinners

Lifting / cracking

  1. Wrong thinner
  2. Incorrectly stripped substrate
  3. Lacquer sanded too much
  4. Too much lacquer on substrate
  5. Wrong basecoat
  1. Check data sheet
  2. Re-strip and neutralise
  3. Sand lightly and re-coat (320 grit)
  4. Strip or sand down coats
  5. Check data sheet


  1. Substrate not properly sealed
  2. Coats not allowed to dry
  3. No filler on ground timber
  1. Seal or grainfill again
  2. Leave to dry out
  3. Use grain filler

Pinholing/ bubbling

  1. Lacquer applied too dry
  2. Too little air pressure
  3. Too much air pressure
  4. Too heavy a coat
  5. Lacquer not allowed to dry
  6. Silicone contamination
  1. Apply wet coat 100 grams
  2. Turn up air pressure
  3. Turn down air pressure
  4. Denib and apply thinner coat
  5. Allow system to dry out
  6. Add anti silicone drops to lacquer

Surface marks easily

  1. Wrong catalyst ratio
  2. Not enough to cure
  3. Packed too quickly
  4. Wrong thinner used
  1. Re-apply with correct ratio
  2. Leave longer
  3. Allow to dry in fresh air
  4. Check data sheet
Problem Possible Cause Solution

Filler is difficult to wipe 


  1. Cloth is too fine for this application
  2. Filler is too thick
  3. Wiping-off procedure delayed
  1. Use hessian
  2. Ensure lid is replaced on filler tin after use
  3. Ensure excess filler is removed as part of the application procedure
Filler turns white in the grain
  1. Colour of filler is lighter than timber
  2. Filler is not given adequate time to dry
  1. Use a darker colour that is suitable for the timber
  2. Allow a minimum of four hour drying time
Filler does not fill grain
  1. Filler is wrongly applied
  2. Not given adequate drying time
  3. Excessive thinners used
  1. Refer to the filler data sheet
  2. Allow for a minimum four hour’s drying time
  3. Use filler as supplied. Do not add thinners unless applying by a spray gun.
Problem Possible Cause Solution
Black edges on MDF
  1. Stain biting into sawn edges
  1. Seal edges with MDF sealer or re-sand
Patchy stain finish
  1. Poor sanding before staining
  2. Stain applied too dry
  3. Stain not wiped off
  1. Use at least 180 grit
  2. Re-apply wet coat
  3. Wipe off after application
Problem Possible Cause Solution
Not drying
  1. Incorrect catalyst ratio
  2. Damp, cold or poor airflow
  3. Surface contamination
  4. Coating applied too thick
  5. Not stoved long enough
  6. Past pot life
  1. Recoat with fresh lacquer
  2. Increase heat or add ventilation
  3. Refer to technical data sheet
  4. Denib and apply thin coat
  5. Put back into oven
  6. Re mix lacquer
Lacquer not drying on MDF
  1. Excessive wax in MDF
  1. Refer to distributor or technical department
Orange Peel
  1. Insufficient atomisation
  2. Wrong solvent
  3. Uneven coat of material
  4. Spray too close to surface
  1. Check air pressure
  2. Check data sheet
  3. Pullover or burnish
  4. Denib and try again
Problem Possible Cause Solution
Fine powder on finish
  1. Wrong basecoat used
  1. No cure-strip. See data sheets
Blistering, fish eyes
  1. Surface contamination
  2. Wrong product underneath
  3. Silicone contamination
  4. Product underneath not dry
  1. Add anti silicone drops to lacquer
  2. May have to be stripped
  3. Add anti silicone drops
  4. Leave system out to dry out, rehib
  1. Wrong thinner
  2. Lacquer sanded too much
  3. Too much lacquer on substrate
  4. Wrong basecoat
  5. Over coated too quickly
  1. Check data sheet
  2. Sand lightly and re coat (320 grit)
  3. Strip or sand down coat
  4. Check data sheet
  5. Check data sheet

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