The Most Overlooked Fact about Veneer Polish/ Finish Revealed

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.

Glossy Finished Decorative Veneer-Smoked-Larch

Glossy Finished Decorative Veneer-Smoked-Larch

A Tip for Home owners

Home owners who desire for glossy finish, but not wanting to spend much can choose for PU-gloss polish which is cheaper than laminate finish. But surely the finish that Lamination finish gives cannot be matched.

Rubio Monocoat polish/finish is another finish , that is newly launced and so not many know about it. In fact, I would say, that awareness of finishes is not there. Truly, not many say not even 2% of crowd know that veneer can look different with so many different types of finishes. Rubio monocoat is a hard oil based polish, unique and popular especially in European countries. Rubio monocoat is the only polish with natural components with zero VUC (volatile organic components).

Rubio monocoat is costlier than melamine matt, but cheaper than PU-polish and Lamination finish. The price difference in not much say if melamine matt is done in 60/-, then Rubio monocoat finish can be done for 70/- 75/-. So home owners who can spend a few penny and get beautiful finish with Rubio Monocoat finish wood/furniture. The process of applying Rubio monocoat is different from all other types of finishes. Rubio monocoat finish is given in just one single coat unlike other polishes. It is the only polish that abides by with the microns of the wood by molecular bonding. Rubio monocoat is the only polish that can directly be applied to wood or veneer or veneered wood. But care needs to taken while working with Rubio Monocoat. We as contractors strongly recommend for Rubio monocoat polish to be used by professionals only. As contractor we, the team of too guide whosoever buys from us.

Home owners who are aware of Rubio monocoat and its properties, straight away ask for it. Like we had a parlour –owner with her interior designer coming in and asking for Rubio monocoat finished veneer. She didn’t want to see or know and other finish type, nothing. As I said earlier, Rubio monocoat finish is done in shorter duration then melamine or PU-finish. She wanted to do up her parlour in 15-20 days. In this case Rubio monocoat was a way to go. Another advantage of choosing Rubio monocoat was that melamine matt polish would smell in parlour, which in turn would affect the parlor atmosphere and customers. Melamine matt polish takes a longer time for polishing as the procedure to polishing and dusting is repeated several times. It therefore needs longer time for drying too. And if not completely dried, it would smell. If the same parlour was done in melamine matt finish furniture and rooms, it would take 5-6- weeks minimum.

The raw materials of polish used for above mentioned finishes i.e. Melamine matt, Pu-finish, Lamination, and Rubio monocoat are all imported and branded. The polish given has to be of best quality because it is polish or final finish that maintains the look, naturalness and beautifies veneer. A few imported/branded polishes used are ICIC, ICI, Asian Paints polish also is used very often in India.

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  1. jalay 15 February 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Kindly advise me which polish is better for veniar
    What is tel pani polish which interior suggest

  2. Baresh Kumar Prusty 20 February 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Can I know processes regarding smoked finish PU polish for veneer

  3. Haidar 24 August 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    How we can identify that finish is Melamine or Veneer?

    • contractorbhai 24 August 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      you should visit shops that sell veneer, usually they will have some finished sample to show. Secondly you can ask your contractor/carpenter to show work done previously

      • Haidar 24 August 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the response…I will appreciate that if you suggest some points, which help in identifying both visually.

        • contractorbhai 24 August 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

          sir, you are a home owner or a professional ( contractor/designer ) ?

          • haidar 24 August 2015 at 11:47 pm

            I am an Architect

  4. Vinayak Jha 9 March 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Hi, Can you give an idea of what could be the rate for matt PU finish per square feet.?

  5. Digesh gandhi 11 July 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    We had made our office partition with Rubberwood and want to Polish the same approx 400sqft.please suggest me the best ideas should go for melamine polish or any other coatings.
    Digesh Gandhi,

    • contractorbhai 13 July 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Digesh ji, Please drop a whatapps / sms line to me on 9920620009, I will send you number of Veneer / Polish subject matter expert.

  6. santhoshi 31 July 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Mdf sheet , carving partition sheet , which paint in need to use?

  7. Vijay Arora 18 September 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    What is method of checking PU Matt or melamine Matt.

  8. Jyoti 20 September 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’ve two questions:-

    a) Can the color be changed of existing veneer surface?
    b) I tired getting it polished by one of the suppliers and was not happy with the result. Can the veneer polish (Melamine) be done by oneself?

    • contractorbhai 22 September 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      a) changing veneer colour is possible but not very common practice
      b) avoid using these chemicals yourself. Let professionals handle it

  9. Kuldeep Walujkar 1 October 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I have heard from polishing Contractrors that Rubio Monocoat is pushed aggressively in market by architects however the polish flakes/ erodes in just 1 year. Please advise as I have built a new home with all seasoned teak wood doors and windows about 1200 sqft of wood area. I am confused by the conflicting opinions of users and architects about Monocoat.

    • contractorbhai 4 October 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Rubio bonds with wood & it doesn’t create a new layer on top of wood. That is the reason it lasts longer then other polish alternative. This product is new to Indian market, however it is extremely successful & widely used in European market, where climate is more extreme then India. Please talk to Mr Binesh (subject matter expert) cell# 8080038448 for more details.

  10. tanu 6 October 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    i hv made doors made vth seasoned teak wood n furniture vth applying i m confused which polish i should go for…
    secondly i made kitchen cabinets vth natural teak ply which v wanted to get pu white n few cabinets are of decorative veneer…which polish should go for that cabinets…polyster polish
    my painting contractor said he vll do acyrlic polish….what is tht?
    plz advise

    • contractorbhai 6 October 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      pls call 8080038448 & talk to veneer / polish subject matter expert. Thanks

  11. Manu 8 October 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    What is the meaning of the phrase “normal polish” used by local painters, is it Melamine polish or something else? Thanks.

    • contractorbhai 8 October 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Manu ji, I am not sure which phrase are you referring. By Normal Polish, probabaly I meant all common polishes which are used in Indian market today.

  12. shabaz 16 November 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    hie i’m a student of interior design course …… can anyone suggest me the approx. price of different type of polish like matte, pu , etc ………. plz its urgent

  13. Saket 6 February 2017 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    From where I can buy Rubio Monocoat

  14. Dilip garodia 13 April 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Vista veneers are good or not

  15. Geetha V 21 April 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Just want to know which material is best for wardrobes? Veneer or OST or laminated sheet? Kindly suggest.

    • contractorbhai 24 April 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      depends on what design concept is chosen for the room. Veneer or OST or laminate, all are good options & all have respective pros & cons.

  16. Shwetha 22 January 2018 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I need venear polish person

  17. Rahul vermani 29 January 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I had got melamine polish done for cabinets from a local contractor @130 sft. While doing the measurement now he is asking for Rs100/ sft for takkars ( mouldings) ie sides of the drawers doors, cabinets etc and measuring the same in running square foot.
    I think this is not the right rate and practice, can u pls let me know the industry practice so that I can confront him

  18. mini 30 January 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I would like to get my veneer furniture repolished. Its polished in Melamine matt finish earlier, however this time I wish to go for PU semi glossy finish. Would like to know if its possible . If yes, what would be the correct procedure for repolishing ? You inputs would be highly appreciated. Thanx

  19. girish 26 February 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    what is the general price for polishing veneer with polycoat? a contractor is asking for 450/sq.ft. including the cost of polish. is it worth? How much does rubio monocoat cost per sq.ft.? is it economical? and I am constructing a villa in bengaluru and i am searching for rubio monocoat dealers. Is there any rubio monocoat dealers in bangalore?

    • contractorbhai 26 February 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      pls call us 9920620009, we can connect you with Rubio dealer, you can check details directly.

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