Durable finish for a white desk

10 Oct 2010
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United Kingdom
Irecently started working from home so we are redecorating our home office and have decided to go with a white desk. In doing research there appear to be 3 options- white glass, melamine or high gloss white lacquer (I think with polyurethane). I cannot tell the difference between the lacquer and the melamine, but want a surface that is going to be durable and long lasting.

Our kitchen table is glass and is a nightmare to keep clean and seems to scratch quite easily. Wondering if anyone has any advice on overall quality and durability of these finishes (bearing in mind we don't need to worry about application, which I understand is quite tricky).

On a second point, if there is ever damage to the melamine or lacquer, is there a reasonable way of touching up or is it something we'd have to live with? I will use it every day and my husband and I both study in the evenings, so it will have high volume use, although no kids yet to "abuse" the furniture (although my husband has a phobia of coasters).

Many thanks in advance!
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