With over forty years of research and development into hardware and finishing systems, OSMO is making inroads into the marketplace with their quality wood finishes.
We were thrilled to catch up with their National Sales Manager, Ryan Bayliss Lane, this month to chat about the superior German products this company are distributing b2b and b2c.
OSMO Africa specialises in wood finishing and is passionate about and committed to establishing an awareness around how OSMO works as opposed to a traditional varnish. The product is a hard-wax oil which means that the oil can penetrate the wood fibres and protect it from the inside. The hard wax forms a protective layer without compromising on the natural wood feel of the item of furniture as it still allows the wood to ”breathe” and regulate its own humidity (water and air levels). Although there is no easy way around maintaining outdoor furniture especially with the variety of weather we experience in South Africa, regular use of this marvellous product aids the process as it eliminates the need to do heavy sanding and other physical work to the wood on an annual basis. All the wood will need to keep it looking gorgeous is a wipe down and for another coat of product to be applied. A one litre tin of OSMO is enough to cover 24 sqm so although this product comes at a slight premium, the adage of “you get what you pay for” certainly holds true here as the quality and coverage significantly outweigh the cost of the product.
OSMO has established an excellent, symbiotic relationship with companies like Calore Cabinets who really trust their product. This collaborative effort has worked so well that OSMO now do most of their hardwood and veneer work. Due to the nature of wood being vulnerable to damage in traditionally high traffic areas, stone tops have become the favoured surface, but with OSMO’s highly protective qualities, it is possible to bring the warmth and colour of wood back into the kitchen and bathroom without a care in the world!
Another unique quality of the OSMO product is that because the oils share the same base structure, they can be mixed in a variety of colours giving clients the much-needed protection for their various surfaces, but also in the exact shade/s they have envisaged, either mixed up locally or in the factory and shipped or airfreighted to Cape Town.
To find out more, visit their website:
www.osmo.africa or speak to your specialists, hardware, or woodworking stores. And to hear the full interview, go to The Bay Magazine’s podcast channel.