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Pure Vs Natural

Choosing the correct wood finish colour can be fun but it can also be challenging and stressful.

Two of our best selling Oil Plus 2C colours are Pure and Natural. Today, we will be addressing the differences between those two.

Simply put, Pure contains no pigment while Natural contains a creamy whitish/yellowish pigment.

Which one is clear?

Believe it or not, neither of them are!

While Pure contains no pigment, clear is not the best description because Oil Plus 2C is a linseed oil based product. Linseed oil has a naturally occurring colour to it which will enrich or darken the wood compared to its raw state.

As a matter or fact, all oil based products (regardless of any brand) will naturally enrich the wood.

Pure on White Oak flooring

How to avoid the rich look of Pure upon application and keep the wood looking light

Keeping your wood looking natural requires introducing just enough pigment to off-set the enriching or darkening caused by using an oil-based finish.

See the photo below for example.

L to R: Pure, White 5% and Natural shown on White Oak flooring

Here are common solutions to neutralizing the richening that occurs when applying oil-based finish to a few popular wood types. Please note, due to the natural variation that occurs in wood, these are starting points and may require some modification.

  • White Oak: You ca use the colour Natural or White 5% to keep the lighter look without the rich look.

  • Red Oak: You can use Precolor Easy Mint White to neutralize the pink/red tones of the red oak and then apply the Oil Plus 2C White 5% to it.

  • Walnut: Because the wood is already so dark on its own, you can use Pure to keep it looking as close to unfinished as possible. A slight darkening will occur, but this is typically desired.

Always sample

Of course the best way to figure out which product is best for you is to sample various colours on your species of wood with your wood prep. This will give you the best idea of what the finished product will look like and will help you from second guessing your decision!

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