About Osmo

Learn more about the history of Osmo

Wood and finish from a single source

Osmo Holz und Color began as a sawmill in Germany in 1876. The company expanded into producing a wide range of finished timber products including flooring, bench tops, decking, garden fencing, and kit homes. These all required a durable finish and the owners were dissatisfied with cracking and peeling lacquers even back in the 1960's. This motive was the drive to create a better finishing system and led to extensive research and development, and then the opening of the Osmo Color facility. Osmo is the only timber product manufacturer which completes its product range with surface finishes that are developed and produced in house. This is why the Osmo finishes are a perfect match for timber.

High Coverage: Easy Savings

Osmo finishes contain an unusally high amount of pigments and oils and therefore have a much better coverage than conventional finishes. The result: With just one tin of Osmo you can achieve near to double the square meter coverage of an ordinary finishing system, and with less coats required, the time you need to apply Osmo is massively reduced, saving you time and money. Less paint, less production and waste, less freight = good for the environment.


Osmo natural wood finishes can be easily renovated at any time. In some cases, no sanding is required. In other cases where there may be scratches or marks in the finish, a light scuff or sand may be required. It may not even be necessary to re-finish the entire surface but simply touch up damaged or faded areas. Conventional lacquers require sanding back to bare wood to re-coat, which reduces the thickness of the timber with each maintenance. This is especially a problem with timber floors which may only have 5-6mm of timber above the tongue and groove. Once you switch to Osmo you will never look back.

interior flooring finish

Interior flooring finish.

Enduring Beauty Thanks To Oils And Waxes

Wood is a natural material and the cell structure, similar to our skin, can take on and release moisture - meaning it breathes. To ensure that this exchange is not prevented we have created finishes especially suited to the nature of wood. Osmo natural wood finishes are based on oils and waxes. The oils penetrates into the wood surface, protecting the wood from deep within. The waxes form an elastic, microprorous surface which protects the wood from external moisture and abrasion. The wood remains naturally beautiful, protected and durable.

For any questions on the Osmo Product range, please contact us.