How Does OSMO Hardwax-Oil Compare?

The Basics

Traditional Oil-Based
Finishing Systems

Oil based finishing systems penetrate deep into the wood and protect from within without forming a film.

Varnish & Lacquer
Finishing System

Varnish & lacquer based finishing systems form a thick film layer on the surface of the wood and protect from the outside.

OSMO Hardwax-Oil
Finishing System

OSMO's Hardwax-Oil finishing system protects from both inside & outside, penetrating into the wood and forming a protective, micro-porous surface.


The Advantages

Traditional Oil-Based
Finishing Systems

  • Penetrates the wood
  • Enhances the wood's natural luster
  • Easy renovation
  • Does not crack, peel, flake, or blister

Varnish & Lacquer
Finishing System

  • Forms a thick protective layer of film on top of the wood surface
  • Offers good resistance to liquids & stains
  • Protects from abrasion

OSMO Hardwax-Oil
Finishing System

  • Penetrates the wood & lays on the surface
  • Enhances the wood's natural luster
  • Does not crack, peel, flake or blister
  • Great liquid, stain, and abrasion resistance
  • Easy renovation & maintenance

The Disadvantages

Traditional Oil-Based
Finishing Systems

  • Poor resistance against liquids and abrasion
  • Requires frequent and time-consuming maintenance coats

Varnish & Lacquer
Finishing System

  • Cracks, flakes, peels, and blisters with time
  • Requires complete sanding between maintenance coats & cannot be partially renovated.

OSMO Hardwax-Oil
Finishing System

One system. All the advantages. None of the disadvantages.

Why choose anything else?


Take The OSMO Advantage!

  • Complete Protection: Osmo Polyx Oils protect wood inside & out by forming a protective, micro-porous, hard-wearing and extremely durable surface.
  • Easy Maintenance: The surface can be easily renovated & maintained. Simply apply another coat after several years. No sanding is necessary!
  • Cost Saving: With just one tin of Osmo you can achieve near double the square meter coverage of an ordinary finishing system – saving you time and money!
  • Safe & Environmentally Friendly: Based on natural and renewable vegetable oils, with a very low-VOC content, the products are environmentally friendly!

Take The OSMO Advantage!

  • Complete Protection: Osmo Polyx Oils protect wood inside & out by forming a protective, micro-porous, hard-wearing and extremely durable surface.
  • Easy Maintenance: The surface can be easily renovated & maintained. Simply apply another coat after several years. No sanding is necessary!
  • Cost Saving: With just one tin of Osmo you can achieve near double the square meter coverage of an ordinary finishing system – saving you time and money!
  • Safe & Environmentally Friendly: Based on natural and renewable vegetable oils, with a very low-VOC content, the products are environmentally friendly!