Taking cues from Luxury Yacht builders, owner Paul Grothouse engineered Durata® permanent finish. “We aspired to create a wood finish equal to the integrity of our lifetime warranty.” Our clients require a maintenance-free finish that is food safe, waterproof, durable, and impervious to most household chemicals. This finish is designed to exceed our customer’s expectations. Durata® finish is a proprietary finish exclusively available on Grothouse Lumber wood surfaces made in Flat Grain Construction and Edge Grain Construction. Wood surfaces made in End Grain Construction are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Durata® Finish is available in Satin, Matte or Semi-Gloss sheen.
Durata® finish is significantly harder than Tung Oil Urethanes, and creates a scratch resistant and waterproof surface. It is also highly chemically resistant, even lacquer thinner does not affect the cured surface. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings, red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. The Durata® finish stands up to the demanding commercial use at the New York restaurant, Perilla owned by Bravo TV Top Chef Harold Dieterle. Harold chose the finish for the Zebrawood restaurant tables produced by Grothouse because of the high durability. The physical properties of this finish make it perfect for use in residential and commercial kitchens, bars and bathrooms. Durata® finish is sold applied to Grothouse wood countertops and is not available for onsite application.
Durata® does not require recoating like Tung Oil Urethanes, saving clients ongoing maintenance expenses and avoiding the household disruption of counters out of service. Take care to use only dish detergent to clean the surface for the first 30 days until the finish cures to full hardness. In addition, unglazed pottery should have protective felt bases to avoid scratches. Furniture polish is not necessary, and after the first 30 days, cleaning with dish detergent or Green Works is all the care it needs.
Wood Countertops with Durata® Finish can be used for food preparation, such as rolling dough or making sandwiches. Do not chop directly on the wood countertop as the knife will break the finish and eliminate the protective properties in the process, use a cutting board. Durata® on bar tops offers a waterproof finish, so spilled drinks and water rings are not a concern. Grothouse also offers the Grothouse Original food safe oil finish for clients desiring to have a finish suitable for direct chopping and use in “Green” environments. It has a flat sheen, and ongoing oiling of the wood creates a deep rich patina.
Durata® Semi-Gloss finish is a sheen level of 55. It has an appearance similar to common household furniture and dining tables, with a shine. Semi-Gloss is the best application for a kitchen or bath countertop with a glossy finish. This sheen is popular for clients desiring a high -shine finish without worrying about excessive cleaning because fingerprints and marks are more visible on a high shone or glossy finish. It is an open pore, meaning the finish is applied in a manner that leaves the wood grain texture visible to the eye and distinguishable to the touch.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions regarding our Durata® finish.
Durata® is an excellent choice for vanity tops. It offers a waterproof finish and is resistant to most chemicals found in bathrooms. Many wood finishes used in baths, like Spar Varnish or Tung Oil Urethanes are damaged by bar soaps and shampoo. Durata® is not affected by these chemicals, providing a worry free finish.
Durata® is a proven finish that withstands the wear and tear of commercial environments. It is tough and scratch resistant. It is a popular choice for country clubs, restaurants and bars. Having a nice wood table top in a restaurant spares the expense of weekly linen service and provides and warm surface for patrons. See Durata® in person at Perilla Restaurant, 9 Jones Street New York. The tables have been in use since 2007, protected with Durata® Finish.
Durata® Matte finish is a sheen level of 10. It has an organic appearance similar to natural oil finishes. Matte sheen is popular for clients desiring a natural, organic looking finish without requiring ongoing maintenance. In addition, the low sheen conceals accidental scratches and dents, especially for counters near sunny windows. It is an open pore, meaning the finish is applied in a manner that leaves the wood grain texture visible to the eye and distinguishable to the touch.
Durata® Satin finish is a sheen level of 35. It has an appearance similar to common household furniture and dining tables. Satin sheen is popular for clients desiring a traditional finish without requiring ongoing maintenance. It is an open pore, meaning the finish is applied in a manner that leaves the wood grain texture visible to the eye and distinguishable to the touch.