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Detailed Report on Cost Difference of Different Wood Polishes

Definitely the cost of each finish i.e. Melamine polish, PU polish and Lamination / Polyresin polish varies not only in material cost but also in labor cost too. You shall know how and why in later part of the articles.

But to generalize a good contractor will always have a look at site or home and provide you with a quotation. You may wonder why contractor needs to have a look. Well a good contractor will always suggest you the right and needed polish for your home. Sometimes, medium polish finish goes well for few homes or area while some homes need lamination finish to be done. And this only a good professional i.e. contractor can suggest you the best.

How you may get cheated

Let me help you explain this with an example. Say a contractor gave you a quotation or Rs. 85 per square feet for melamine coat to be done for your home furniture. But may be after visiting the site he feels that melamine coat that costs Rs. 65 is good enough. Here what will happen is the contractor may use Rs. 65 melamine polish for your home but charge you Rs. 85 per square feet without letting you know. You i.e. the home owner is at a loss then. It may also happen that after visiting the site the contractor may feel a higher grade polish needs to be used and not Rs. 85 one. The client may feel uncertain at times. So as I said earlier, if you have hired good, known contractor he will always visit the site before giving in any costing quotations or details to you.

How local contractors quote is incorrect

Usually polishing costing is given on per square foot basis but there are few contractors who measure in running feet. A good contractor here again will mention these details too. A local contractor will often quote say Rs. 80 per square feet which he asks you to calculate as per you house requirement or room. Well this is really amusing for how can a home owners calculate different small areas. That’s his job. Well no matter what or how the quotation is given, usually the cost increases then actual quotation due to imperfections in application or weather condition, etc. An extra coat is needed to be applied.

Cost difference of Polishes

The cost of Any polish i.e. Melamine polish, PU polish and Lamination / Polyresin polish is measured in similar manner i.e. in liter for polish and in square feet for its application or labor charges.

Melamine Polish – Melamine matt polish is available in different grades and shine. The cost therefore varies from Rs.80 to Rs.100 per sq.ft

PU (polyurethane polish) – PU polish too is available in different grades, style and finish i.e. gloss and matt. The cost therefore varies from Rs.165 to Rs.210. In PU polish you have clear polish, white polish, Imported Pu polish, Indian PU polish, standard gloss polish, high gloss polish and many more, therefore the cost will majorly vary in PU polish itself.

If you happen to visit Asian Paints, they have 3 different types of PU polishes for which the cost varies. Say for eg. You have polishes of Rs.600, Rs.800 and Rs.1,100 per liter ( this is just an assumed cost, they are not real prices). The cost of polish varies with its costing type.

Well to be true the polish solution doesn’t really cost much. It’s the labor charge that be amaze you. The labor cost is almost 3 to 4 times more than polish solution cost. Say if the polish solution is for Rs.100 per liter, its application will cost you Rs.300.

Labor charges costs a lot for application of PU polish

Well application of polish or finish doesn’t only involve brushing or spraying the polish solution. The wooden surface is treated with and many other process are carried apart from polishing. This includes, Setting up your workspace, making the wood ready for application, sanding, using tapes, thinner and other accessories and process too. The cost of all these process and accessories is included in the final labor cost given on per square feet basis. The labor cost that is quoted includes other cost to i.e. the transportation cost of laborer, his snack and tea cost, etc. which is practically difficult to give in such minor cost details.

Lastly, Also the sadi(Kapda) Initially the labor may feel one is enough but then when work starts he realizes that he may require 2-3 so the cost again increases.

Polyresin / Lamination finish – the cost ranges from rs.250 to Rs.410. Polyresin finish or Lamination finish is an expensive polish since there are almost 10-14 coatings done to achieve the desired finish. Well the number of coating may vary which depends on site, but the cost doesn’t vary much. Sometime the number of coating also depends on the veneer color and style. Like for a light colored veneer wood, no matter how many coatings of lamination polish is done, it will appear light only, therefore not many number of coats are applied. Similarly for dark colored veneered wood, not many coatings are applied since the color will appear to be dark only. But if depth is the matter of choice, then contractor will have to do say 15 coats even if not required.

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  1. Chetan 8 July 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    What is the difference between malamin polish and tel police? Which is better? Kindly provide cost difference

  2. Namrata gupta 24 September 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Sir how to calculate running feet of window

  3. Pooja 9 December 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    What is the cost of poly resin/ lamination finish? Kindly tell me the rates

  4. jyoti rao 5 January 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    hi nitin , I got my old vineer beds polished. the contracter says he used laquar. 2 6*3 beds and one 6*6 beds. how much should i pay him. i can send a pic

  5. Imtiaz 17 April 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply


    Greetings! I plan to “French Polish” my 3 decade old teak wood dining set (4 nos high back with cushioned base chairs and a 3′ x 4′ simple laminated top table). I have actually calculated surface area viz. chair 11.00 sq ft each and table 17 sq ft.

    Please provide estimate in Pune region. Many thanks in advance.

    Best Regards

  6. Fayaz ahmad khan 14 August 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Hi! Greetings!
    I am planning to polish my 4 wooden washbasins and a double bed made of rubber wood. The options available are imoorted PU of berger (semi gloss) with sirka stain.. heard of melamine polish also. Which one is better. And how should I get the dark wood finish.

  7. Spandan 13 November 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Well explained. All the best!!

  8. Rajender 14 January 2019 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I want to know the details for calculating the polish area of teak window with glass in middle.

  9. Ap 27 January 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I wish to have a of white doors what would u suggest the best paint or white wooden polish . Kindly also send the cost of both

    • Sabir 30 January 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      PU imporio paint and priceis per. Sq. Ft.Rs./ 175 .00

  10. Bharti 9 March 2019 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Hello sir …80square ghr hai mera osme normal doors 6 hai…..kya price hoga….melamyan polish ka….aur plz yeh bata diijye ki melamyan polish mei shades available hote hai

  11. Ashish Verma 15 March 2019 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Double Bed Polishing needs to be done.

  12. Piyush 4 May 2019 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Need pu paint on 3 d wall fiber sheet

  13. Vivek jain 9 July 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Hi, which company has best beterial for PU poilsh-, Icka or Asian emporio gold or any other company pl. Suggest how to choose value for money material.

    • contractorbhai 9 July 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Names suggested by you all leading top brands in market. THey all give good result.

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