Langlow Patina – does what it says on tin
I have used Langlow Patina on bare timber for years – table tops, desktops or handrails.
As they say, don’t oil it, wax it or polish it, patina it. It has the looks of all the antiquing type polishes, but is really tough and zero to low maintenance.
More durable by far than Danish Oil on kitchen worktops, it is such a good wood sealer. It even got applied to wooden finishing pieces on this fantastic Little Greene painted AVL loom!
Patina is a polyurethane jelly. 2 thin coats applied by lint-free rag (put on in circles finished off along the grain) 4 hours between coats and you have completely protected bare timber from wear and tear, hot cups and general usage.
The sales blurb from Langlow Patina suppliers, Mackay, really does match up to the reality.
The protection of polyurethane and the beauty of wax- without the problem of either. Can be applied in minutes with just a cloth.
Patina brings out the natural warmth and colour that is already lying dormant in the grain of the wood, and gives lasting protection. Produces an instant, professional, antique finish in minutes. Patina helps to protect against water rings, heat marks, alcohol: used by antique restorers and collectors: replaces shellac, varnish sealers and wax.
Furthermore, you can tint Patina with oil stainer or even oil paints. I did a jet black Patina finish on a mahogany dining table, pre digital camera days – it looked fantastic even though I say so myself. The 320 gm tubs go a long way. Put it this way, I have never carried more than one in stock and never run out doing table tops.
Only once has it not performed impeccably, and to this day neither I, nor the tech support team have any idea why it lost its sheen. Could have reacted with some impregnated wood treatment? but genuinely, it is an otherwise fit and forget easy-to-use product that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone restoring table tops.
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