Decorative Veneer is a thin slice of natural wood glued to substrates like plywood or MDF. To maintain the naturalness and richness of veneers, veneer sheets/ wood are polished. Polishing is necessary and important to protect and restore the shine and naturalness of natural decorative veneer. There are different types of polishes used to give different finish. You can actually say, there are various types of veneer finishes available. The 3 most common finishes preferred or common finishes are Melamine matt, PU finish and Lamination.
The most standard and preferred is Melamine matt polish Over 70%-80% of home owners favor Melamine matt polish. Melamine polish is the most cost-effective polish of all. It is easily available for 100/- to 150/- per ltr .As name suggests, Melamine polish gives a matt finish. Melamine is not available in gloss as glossy finish is very rarely favored finish. Also glossy surface takes away from the natural charm of decorative veneer.
Another Polish that is less spoken about in PU (polyurethane) polish. PU polish is available in both finish type- matt and glossy. But PU matt is very rarely done as it gives a similar finish and appearance as Melamine matt, plus, it is double the cost of melamine matt. Certainly then, no home owner would want to pay double the price for similar finish unnecessarily.
The third most commonly preferred finish is Lamination. Lamination finish gives a glossy finish. You can say very high good glossy finish. It is the most expensive of all. Reason being the chemicals used and the number of steps to polishing repeated.