What Makes Osmo Different from Traditional Oils and Varnishes?

What Makes Osmo Different from Traditional Oils and Varnishes?

Let us guess, you've searched for Osmo Polyx Oil in your search engine, you've seen how incredible the product is and how there are different oils in the range that provide protection against wooden doors, decking, worktops plus more but you are unsure how Osmo Polyx Oil compares against more traditional oils and varnishes.

Well, you'll be pleased to know we have all the answers in this blog post for you! We share with you how Osmo compares against more traditional oils and varnishes as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using not just Osmo but other traditional oils and varnishes too!

So without further ado, let's get into the comparison...


Traditional Oils typically protect the wood from within and don't provide a protective surface whereas varnishes protect the wood from the outside and form a film on the surface. As you can probably understand, each product does one or the other but not both whereas Osmo Polyx Oil does!

Osmo Polyx Oil protects the wood from both inside and outside, doesn't form a film and forms a protecting, microporous surface creating the best of both worlds!

So now you know the difference between all 3 products, let's get into the advantages and disadvantages shall we?

Osmo Polyx Oil - Advantages:

  • The finish both penetrates into the wood and lays on the surface.
  • ‘Firing’ of the wood.
  • Can be easily partially renovated.
  • Does not crack, flake, peel or blister.
  • Great fluid resistance.
  • Easy maintenance.

Osmo Polyx Oil - Disadvantages:

  • There is none, it's a perfect optic, easy to maintain, great chemical resistance and extremely durable.

Traditional Oils - Advantages:

  • Penetrate into the wood.
  • ‘Firing’ of the wood.
  • Can simply and partially be renovated.
  • Do not crack, flake, peel or blister

Traditional Oils - Disadvantages:

  • Deficient resistance against liquids.
  • Very time-consuming maintenance.

Varnishes - Advantages:

  • The finish forms a film/layer on the top of the wood surface.
  • Good resistance against liquids.
  • Protects from abrasion.
  • Easy maintenance.

Varnishes - Disadvantages:

  • For renovation the whole area needs to be sanded.
  • The surface cannot be renovated partially.
  • The finish does crack, flake, peel and blister.

So there you have it! After some comparison between other wood protection products, it is clear that Osmo is the product that will help not only protect your wooden interior and exterior but also enhance the colour of your wooden doors, decking, worktops and more!

Should you be encouraged by what you have read today, here's a link to shop the Osmo range here