Here at Combine 9 we are sometimes asked by our customer whether or not they should have us seal the wood on their custom piece of industrial furniture or not. This small detail is completely based off of personal preference, but here is some great information to help you make the decision.
In the above photo, the left side shows an example of unsealed reclaimed wood, while the right side shows an example of the same reclaimed wood sealed. We use a matte sealer, but there is still a very slight sheen. Another thing to keep in mind is, though not drastic, the wood slightly darkens with the sealer. The sealer also adds a slight brown hue. This would be something to keep in mind if you are trying to match the reclaimed wood on your custom piece of industrial furniture to an exact color. However, many of our customers prefer not to have their furniture be an exact match, in which case this wouldn’t be an issue.