Northwest: The Regional Colors
Richlite looks natural, is non-porous and has a matte finish. The surface of the manufacturer provided samples has been sanded, buffed and sealed with two coats of finish. Richlite does not maintain a polished or glossy surface. A finish is recommended by the manufacturer as the best balance for initial look and feel and eventual wear and patina.
We do recommend putting a finish on the surface, however, if one desires not to apply a finish the integrity of the material will not be compromised. The surface, however, will start to appear "chalky" and will also pick up oils from fingerprints, food, etc.
Mineral oil brings out a deep luster, however, requires more maintenance. Because Richlite
material is non-porous the oil has a difficult time penetrating the surface. Water marks may appear from glasses and tableware as oil and water do not mix. If you are using soap and water to clean your countertops be aware the soap will expedite the removal of oil and the countertops will start to appear chalky.
Bioshield Wood Counter Finish
Wood Counter Finish from Bioshield is a great eco-friendly choice. The finish is oil-based with a hardener mixed in so it stays on the surface much longer and will not be removed with soap and water. It also acts as a better repellent to water marks, stains, etc. This is the preferred finish for residential use as it has low VOCs. Visit Bioshield Healthy Living Paints for further information.
Richlite Color Enhancer
Richlite Color Enhancer is the most maintenance free finish, but it will require some maintenance. It is recommended for larger commercial projects and can be applied easily in the field.
Howard Naturals Wood Polish
If your project is using the Bioshield Wood Counter Finish or Richlite Color Enhancer, Howard Naturals Wood Polish is an easy-to-apply rejuvenator/polish that can be used by the end user on a regular basis for touch ups or to enhance the deep luster. The wood polish is not recommended when there is no finish or only mineral oil applied. Visit Howards Naturals for further information.