Woodwright Stains

When you own a quality piece of Urban Collections solid wood furniture, we believe you should know your furniture on the inside as well as the outside. Most manufacturers do not dwell on the finish of their furniture, but at the Urban Collections it is one of the most important parts of our product.

Using only the finest raw materials gathered from around the world, the third generation crafters from the Woodwright Stain and Finish Company blend our stains and finishes to a richness and clarity found nowhere else. It is this tradition, dedication and attention to detail that renders our consistent, vibrant colors; unmatched durability and luxurious, silky feel. That has become our trademark.

In addition, we offer an e-mail service link to the Woodwright Stains and Finish Company. This allows you the consumer to have any questions answered about the care and maintenance of your beautifully crafted Urban Collections furniture. All questions are usually addressed by the next business day.


The Five Most Asked Questions about Our Stains and Silky Smooth Protective Finish

What is in this finish to make it feel like silk yet be so durable?

Answer: Urban Collections’ finishes are made with coconut oil, the only natural oil that is non-yellowing, and two other resins that have great chemical and water resistance. These are blended with other additives that "rise to the surface" — to give that trademark luxurious feel—and environmentally responsible solvents that complete the blend. Before canning, all finishes pass through custom, hand-built, proprietary, filter units that filter down to 24 microns; that’s six times finer than a human hair! The filtering process renders a consistent, clear, clean product 100 percent of the time.

Before application, our finishers add a catalyst to the varnish. This starts a cross-linking reaction within the finish and is responsible for the tightly woven molecular configuration of the finish film. It is from this that the durability and water resistance come.

All finish failures come from under the finish, not on top. In a loosely woven lacquer, film, water and chemicals can pass right through, resulting in swelling and staining of the actual wood. When the wood swells the finish "pops off" or comes loose, thus opening the way for total failure (white rings or blackened or darkened wood).

The catalyzed, or cross-linked, film of a catalyzed varnish actually creates a solid wall that not only resists moisture and chemicals but also holds them in place so they can be wiped up and cleaned thoroughly.

Lastly, a good finish must be flexible so it can give with the wood. Our finish contains an additive very similar to the new high-tech exterior sidings available on today’s homes. It is this additive that holds the finish tight to the wood even if it is damaged by abrasion or impact, thus keeping water and chemicals out.


Exactly what does this finish protect against?

Answer: Our finish is subjected to twenty severe cold check cycles. A single cold check cycle consists of 12 hours natural curing time, one hour at -32° F, one hour at +150° F and one hour at ambient temperature. This test takes almost two weeks to complete. After testing it is subjected to a battery of chemical, food and water resistance tests. Only after each and every batch is tested is it released for use.

Besides the #1 enemy of furniture finishes – acetone – here are other chemicals and foods that damage the average finish tested with the chemical or food left on the furniture for 24 hours. It had no effect on the Woodwright Protective Finish:

  • Oil Base paint
  • Vinegar
  • Turpentine
  • Lemon Juice
  • Naphtha
  • Mayonnaise
  • Milk
  • Margarine
  • Ketchup
  • Orange Juice
  • Red Ink
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooking Fat
  • Grape Juice
  • 50/50 Alcohol/Water
  • 100 proof alcohol
  • 200 proof alcohol
  • Water
  • 24 hrs no effect
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  • slight effect
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Our Woodwright Catalyzed Varnishes are durable and resistant to most household spills; however, spills should be wiped up promptly to avoid potential problems.

Under a microscope you can see the difference of the molecular structure of the finishes. On the left notice the porous web of the lacquer finish which allows moisture to creep under the finish and destroy the beauty of the finish, compared to on the right a close-up of the tight molecular structure of the Woodwright conversion varnish which actually bonds with the fibers of the wood and does not allow even the most harmful chemicals and stains to seep through.



Lacquer finish after two minutes with a teaspoon of common fingernail polish remover (acetone). On the right a piece of maple protected with the Urban Collections’ superior Woodwright conversion varnish. The wood surface is not altered and it is just as good as new.

If this is the best finish, why don’t import companies or domestic case good companies use this finish?

Answer: The main reason other companies do not use a finish like ours is cost, time, space and a shortage of skilled artisan finishers that know how to apply this finish correctly.

First of all, the cost is almost double that of import lacquer finishes. Second, it takes time to apply the hand-wiped stain, hand-sand the catalyzed sealer and apply the finish coat of catalyzed varnish. Third, a great deal of precious manufacturing floor space is required for the various coats to naturally dry and cure. We do not force-dry our finishes as this may create a brittle, too-hard surface. Cookie-cutter companies just can’t afford these vital steps.


When I bought furniture the last time, our salesperson did not know how to tell us to care for it, so I used different products throughout the years that ruined my finish. Can I use common over-the-counter products with wax and silicone? They give a quick shine, but are they okay to use?

Answer: Do not use products containing wax or silicone. This will render your new "heirloom" furniture impossible to refinish in years to come. For example, applying a product containing wax or silicone to a piece of furniture with an authentic low-sheen finish will result in the wax or silicone becoming lodged in the surface film of the item, ruining the finish appearance permanently. We recommend using only Heirloom Essentials brand products. Heirloom Essentials brand products do not contain either of these harmful materials. They have been specially formulated for today’s high-tech catalyzed varnishes. Heirloom Essentials also has a cleanser called Spotless, which will lift and remove oils and stains from your low-sheen finish without leaving a burnished or shiny spot. On higher sheen finishes, simply apply Heirloom Essentials polish to a clean, soft, micro-fiber cloth and polish to a beautiful, dust-free shine.


Where can I purchase Heirloom Essentials brand products?

Answer: Heirloom Essentials products are available in 15 fantastic scents, but you won’t find them at your local discount store. They are sold exclusively to quality furniture dealers. We also offer holiday scents, including the Christmas Scents of the Season and Fragrances for Fall. For any questions, please contact your local Urban Collections of Ohio dealer, or if there is not a local dealer send any questions to: inquiries@urbancollectionsohiousa.com.


Your furniture should look as good in ten years as it does right now.

Our goal is to provide you, the consumer, with all of the tools necessary to care for your Urban Collections Heirlooms so they look "showroom new" for many years to come. With the Urban Collections, the sale does not end when you walk out the door. we want to take the time to teach you the proper way to take care of all of your interior household needs with our wide range of products.