Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner, has come up with a new finish on a classic wood veneer. The open-pore Walnut veneer glorifies the natural, authentic beauty of walnut and offers yet another luxurious interior option to customers. This sensuous new finish is available to specify in the Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.
Open-pore Walnut is sourced from a tree type that combines European Walnut and American Walnut. A handcrafted finish, completed at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, England, enhances the large pore structure to reveal the intense dark coloring of the wood. The specially grown trees are mainly planted in California, with Bentley’s wood experts visiting regularly to ensure that only the finest quality walnut veneer is selected. This is carefully cut from the textured section of the tree burl, which is only found between the outer layer of sap and the inner core.
The open-pore Walnut veneer is painted with just three, ultra-thin layers of lacquer, together totalling only 0.1 mm in thickness. Bentley’s High Gloss lacquer coating, for instance, is 0.5 mm thick and has a glossy, smooth finish. Each layer is applied by hand and sanded between applications, to make sure that the lacquer sticks to the natural grooves of the wood. The resulting finish is wax-like and perfectly highlights the authentic, natural colour and texture of the walnut.
This delicate technique allows Bentley owners to actually feel the texture of the wood. The variation in color and grain of different cuts of open-pore Walnut mean that each veneer is also slightly different – offering a truly unique Bentley interior.
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