Unless you are looking at the unfinished surface on a reclaimed wood table or a one-of-a-kind piece, almost all Home Trends & Design furniture have catalyzed finishes. “Catalyze” refers to an acid additive that makes the finish cure in a more dramatic way. Catalyzed finishes are often referred to as “two-part” finishes because the process involves using two chemicals that react together. Separately, the two elements do nothing by themselves. When mixed together, they change and create a particular chemical reaction called cross linking. Cross-linking is what makes the catalyzed finish the preferred standard of craftsmen and expert wood-workers. Deep down and close up, the molecular structure of a finish appears similar to long strands of spaghetti. The catalyst causes the ends to join together to form even longer chains of inter-connected molecules. These long molecular strands make the finishes harder and more resistant to water and other elements. The resins cross-link upon drying to create a much more durable and moisture-resistant coating than do the non-catalyzed finishes. Because Home Trends & Design builds pieces that can last for generations and through all kinds of everyday family use, catalyzed finishes are the preferred choice for most of our collections.