Maryland Wood Countertops uses three finishing products on our countertops and furniture. All finishes have ingredients that are safe for food contact. The type of finish you choose will depend on how you will use your countertop or furniture. The primary consideration is whether the piece will be used as a cutting surface or if it needs to be waterproof, heat-resistant and stain-resistant. Waterlox® is a high grade furniture finish that enhances the look of the wood, whereas Howard Products offers a functional finish used for cutting surfaces. General Finishes Arm-R-Seal is an oil and urethane topcoat and can be used on furniture, cabinets, millwork and tables.
Waterlox® is a tung oil based permanent finish that stands up to hard daily use. It is recommended as a permanent finish on non-cutting surfaces. Thus, it is ideal for countertops around sinks and stoves, bar tops, tabletops, and other pieces of furniture. It is waterproof, heat- and stain-resistant and gives a rich, hand-applied appearance. The finish seals wood fibers beneath the surface and will not chip, peel, or crack. Waterlox® finishes are available in satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. All pieces that are treated with Waterlox® receive a minimum of four coats on the visible side (the top) and three coats on sides that are not visible, though six coats are typical for tops with cut-outs for sinks or cooktops, or for satin-finish tops.
Arm-R-Seal is a durable varnish that provides deep penetration into the wood and completes a hard, tough and virtually natural-looking piece that is resistant to household chemicals, water and mar. Arm-R-Seal has a warm amber appearance but is applied and keeps the wood as natural looking as possible. Arm-R-Seal may be applied over fully cured water base, oil base and Danish Oil stains or over bare wood (keep in mind that Maryland Wood Countertops will only stain white oak).
Howard Butcher Block Conditioner is a combination of food grade mineral oil and natural waxes that provide care and protection for butcher blocks and other cutting surfaces. It is recommended for countertops that will be used for cutting, butcher blocks, and cutting boards. The blend of mineral oil and natural waxes prevents drying and cracking of hardwood and bamboo and can help repair knife marks. Keep in mind that this finish should be reapplied often to maintain effectiveness.