Polyurethane Coating vs Varnish: Here are the Pros and Cons

Polyurethane coating vs varnish: which one is better for your furniture? Each type of coating has its own pros and cons. For instance, varnish provides protection against the sun’s harsh UV rays. However, time can still make the furniture get dull (especially when always exposed to sunlight, moisture and other elements).

On the other hand, polyurethane coating is said to be very durable. It offers excellent protection to the wood furniture because it has strong resistance against:

  • Moisture
  • Humidity
  • Chemicals
  • Heat

As a result, many families and business owners now choose polyurethane coating to protect their furniture and further extend the furniture’s useful lifetime.

Smoother and more even results

Polyurethane coating (especially when applied through spray finishing) can also result to a smoother and more even result. Brushing with varnish may result to an uneven surface (with brush strokes all around). In contrast, spray finishing would result to a much smoother outcome (highly trained craftsmen should still do this).

With expert application, varnish can further enhance the wood’s natural wood graining. This gives the wood surfaces their elegant and timeless appearance. As mentioned earlier, varnish can also give protection against sunlight (and also water and moisture). However, the protection is not as excellent as polyurethane. After all, polyurethane (which is the result of modern synthesis) is almost inert and non-reactive to both indoor and outdoor conditions.

What to expect on polyurethane paints

The resulting wood surface will resemble a smooth plastic surface. In addition, the surface will be hard which adds further protection to your furniture (possible protection from dents and scratches). The plastic-based resin provides both the toughness and protection against chemicals. Its inertness also makes the surface easy to clean (no worries about water seeping through the coating).

Polyurethane paints are also available in a wide range of colours and combinations. Craftsmen are likely to find a matching colour so your furniture will look as brand new.

Polyurethane coating vs varnish: your preference matters

It’s all up to you which coating is best for your furniture. When you’re about to decide, ask the craftsmen about your options (including the costs and maintenance required). This way, you’ll know what to expect and more importantly, make an informed decision for your precious furniture.

If you want to learn more about how we restore wooden furniture using polyurethane coating, contact us today here at Glen Sheldon French Polishing. We specialise in excellent restoration of wooden furniture (both contemporary and antiques). Our experienced craftsmen will carefully and meticulously handle your furniture.