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Rubio Monocoat Bourbon: Better than Pure?

When our customers call us for help choosing Rubio Monocoat colors, our default is almost always Pure. On most wood species, Pure is the easiest to apply, the easiest to maintain, and gives the warmest, most natural look. But for some, Pure is just too amber. And the current trend in interiors seems to absolutely revile everything with even a hint of red or yellow to it. Where does a Rubio customer turn for an easy-to-apply neutral, without warm/yellow tones? 

Answer: Bourbon!

You know how everything seems to go with your jeans? Well Bourbon is like the denim of the Rubio world. Bourbon has just enough light brown to take the soften the pink/orange of red oak, warm up the grey of hickory, and even keep walnut from getting too dark and too red. Plain maple just too "Ikea" white for you? Apply Bourbon to your maple for cool, timeless light brown. Check out the sample photos here, and stop into our store to see more examples of Rubio Monocoat!

5% White on Maple (essentially plain maple), Pure on Maple, and Bourbon on Maple:

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Bourbon vs. Pure on red oak

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Raw hickory and hickory with Rubio Monocoat Bourbon (yes, both boards in the right hand photo are hickory)hickory no finish for webBourbon on Hickory for web

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