We can apply finishes to assembled doors before shipping, so they are ready to install immediately. Finishes can only be applied to smooth, sanded doors that are fully assembled (we cannot add finishes to DIY barn door kits). Read below to learn about the different types of finishes we offer.
What is Osmo and why do we love it?
Osmo is a European wood finish that combines the advantages of an oil and wax formula into one innovative hybrid product. The wax forms a surface barrier while the oils penetrate deep into the wood. All the Osmo finishes we use are based on natural plant ingredients that form a molecular bond with the wood. As a result, Osmo creates a much more natural look and feel than urethane-based finishes. And unlike urethane, Osmo doesn’t need to be sanded down to touch up or reapply, saving you time and effort, and making door maintenance a breeze.
Osmo Hardwax Oil Benefits:
Osmo hardware oil is available in multiple sheen options. For interior doors, you can choose from matte, soft satin, or soft gloss. Exterior Osmo is available in soft satin, with added UV and mildew resistant properties.See this page to learn how our Osmo EuroFinish compare to other traditional treatments.
Check out the table below to see how popular finishes compare.
|Osmo Hardwax Oil||Traditional Oil Finish||Urethane Finish|
|Protects wood from the inside||Yes||Yes||No|
|Protects surface of wood||Yes||No||Yes|
|Can be repaired without sanding||Yes||Yes||No|
|Will not crack, peel, or flake||Yes||Yes||No|
|Multiple sheen options available||Yes||No||Yes|
|Little maintenance needed||Yes||No||Yes|
|Forms a surface barrier||Yes||No||Yes|
Other Finish Options
White Primer: White Primer can be applied to Paint Grade Hardwood or select wood species. We do not recommend applying White Primer to species with a lot of knots, such as Knotty Alder or Rustic Walnut, as the knots and wood grain will not provide the smoothest finish. Doors finished with White Primer are ready for paint when they arrive.
What is Paint Grade Hardwood?
Paint Grade Hardwood is our term for smooth-grained hardwoods that are best for paint. It will always be a reliable hardwood—depending on what we have in stock, it could be European Beech, Red Grandis, American Ash, or something different. If you select “Paint Grade Hardwood” as your species in the product options menu, it will default to White Primer or No Finish in the Finish options.
How often to I need to reapply Osmo finish?
This depends on several factors, including:
In general, expect to touch up exterior doors every 1-3 years, and interior doors every 3-5 years. If you live in an exceptionally hot place, you may need more frequent touch ups.
How do I reapply Osmo finish?
Touching up or refinishing with Osmo is very simple and quick. Ensure that the door you’re re-finishing or touching up is completely clean and dry. Then apply one coat of finish according to directions on the can. No need to sand! If you need to purchase additional Osmo product, check out our collection here. If you aren’t sure which formula is right for you, call us at1-800-694-5977.