Whenever you’re applying a polyurethane finish, be sure to read the manufacture’s instructions and specs on the side of the container, before beginning. Making a slurry of pumice and finish mixture and working with the grain, the pumice-powder finish sands the wood surface and leaves it smooth as skin. While I do not recommend attempting to Sand and Refinish your hardwood floors yourself (as I have seen countless disasters), I do feel comfortable in recommending polyurethane so that you (or hopefully) your installer uses top quality products. But there are normally enough scratches, dings, dents and dull spots to warrant an additional coat of polyurethane on the floor for cosmetic reasons. It seals the wood against water and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth (not dripping).
If nothing else, they can probably advise you if this will violate your warranty or not and have recommendations for polyurethane brands. I can’t properly comment on the good and bad like a lot of others can, based simply on my lack of experience with a lot of these finishes, but I really appreciate you diving into a lot of the problems/’myths’/truths about different finishes. They look like someone stained them, then put shellac or polyurethane around around area rugs. If you applied water-based poly, you can rub down the finish with a fine abrasive pad and water to get a final smooth finish.
The 1960s brought a new generation of tough, synthetic resins and the first wave of exceptionally strong (albeit then plastic-looking) polyurethane varnishes and Swedish finishes. We happen to like the warm amber tone of the oil poly; it was the reason why we didn’t use any stain. It depends on what you’re looking for, says Alex Fournier, owner of A.F. Wood Floors in Whitby. We do not recommend waxing as it can make the floors slippers like a bowling alley.
Waterlox provides the best looking protection for the least amount work on wood floors over any period of time. For example on maple (assuming natural), water borne will look much better as it yellows less. Now, if you have followed my instruction to the letter and have used the Fabulon brand heavy-duty polyurethane satin finish, you will now have an almost bubble free floor. Homeowners enjoyed both the shiny presentation of varnish and the protection it offered for the increasingly popular hardwood floorsparticularly oak, which develops a deep, blue stain upon contact with water.
These waterbased finishes have the pleasing amber color of solvent based products and they look better on woods like walnut, mahogany and cherry than standard acrylic and urethane waterbased finishes. Water Base finish will actually make unstained or natural red oak floors lighter and less red or orangey looking than oil base on red oak. Most commonly used polyurethane floor finishes lead to rapid deterioration and visible scratching, requiring frequent and inconvenient sanding and recoating. Synteko has developed three world-class leading, yet distinctly different oil finishes.
Polyurethane finishes and natural oil finishes have very different strengths and weaknesses in regards to durability. Now that I’ve read about the color changes that occur with oil based poly and the potential problems with the water based finishes, I think I’ve made a mistake. Water based finishes are also called urethanes in some cases, but I will not talk about these finishes here. When an oil surface floor needs cleaning you must reoil the floor with the same oil finish that was originally used. First, if you are switching from water to oil or vice versa, I believe you need to wait a minimum of 30 days in between.
De lamination of the finish (strings from in-between floor boards and around thresholds) came during the summer, after the wood opens from winter contraction (in spite of house humidifier use and monitoring). Since coating the floor with polyurethane occasionally is expected, you must always be careful never to apply anything that will interfere with a future touchup of the finish. Over time, the wood becomes dry and depleted of oils from foot traffic and normal wear and tear. Allow the final polyurethane finish coat to dry for 24 hours for light foot traffic.
With the trend of low-sheen finishes in recent years, wax has experienced a resurgence of popularity in some areas, particularly with specialty wood flooring contractors working with reclaimed/distressed flooring and historic renovations. It’s important that you pre-coat your floor, using one forward and back pass, to evenly distribute your wood floor finish.
If you are doing a color that has white wash or gray of some sort, the amberizing or yellowing looks really bad, and this is an instance where you really want to use a water borne poly rather than oil based as it will look much better. Any wood floor finish can be problematic when applied contrary to manufacturer directions, so that sometimes can be factored into disappointment with a product. Diamond Coat Varathane Polyurethane products have listened to their customers as well as other manufacturers. I built an 8′ long computer desk 22 years ago and finished it with polyurethane.
Carefully coat the floor and always keep moving, avoid getting any of the oil base polyurethane wood floor finish on any other surfaces. One drawback of the oil based polyurethanes is that unfortunately the odor of may linger for several days or even weeks. With oil based urethanes, you can either seal them with a product such as Zinnser Bullseye, or just use the polyurethane to seal the wood, but oil based urethane is much thicker than water based.
Most high quality water base finishes are compliant with the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality program so you can rest assure in knowing that the water based finish being applied to your hardwood floor is safe for your family and pets. You will thin out the coverage and the polyurethane floor finish will tack up on you sooner. Surface-sealed floors: Most new wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. Since water based polyurethane has lower VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), it is a bit better for the environment.
This is the amount of time or period you have available to apply the polyurethane finish before it starts to set-up – normally 10-15 minutes. Watco Danish oil, teak oil, Nordic oils, and a host of the other finishes sold as oil finishes fall into this category. Also contrary to fairly common advice, you should NEVER use diluted vinegar or ammonia to clean polyurethane.
Painting would also save the backbreaking labor and expense of refinishing, not to mention the disappointment when they inevitably ended up still looking like beat up old floors. Polyurethanes, Water-based Finishes, and Moisture Cure Urethanes all require sanding to recoat, and represent a poor choice for residential hardwood floors. Let’s take a quick look at some of the products available to your local wood flooring pro and try to figure out which one might work the best for your application. Wood Finish Polyurethane Varnish Tips: Apply a thin, even coat to help prevent bubbles from forming.
Then, about a year later, little bubbles started to appear where the poly was pulling up from the wood. Their sealer is a carefully diluted version of their polyurethane that will dry to the touch before it cures. Our contractor insisted we use oil-based and now I am feeling worried because I have a one year old baby who spends most of the day at home with me, crawling around on the floors. NEVER wet mop, clean with oil soap, coat with acrylic dressing, like Mop and Glow®, or apply paste or liquid wax to a polyurethane surface floor.
Floor finishes need to be evaluated on more than just what the carrier agent is. A top shelf waterborne will outperform a cheap oil based. Then I put on top of that a waterbase polyurethane that has aluminum oxide and a hardener with a 15 year wear warranty. Well you should start; let me tell you if You Don’t Ask these questions then the contractor could use anything he wants and get away with it. So for them to make the most money they use the cheapest finish (Oil base or Waterborne) It won’t matter. Oil-based polyurethane is fairly toxic and susceptible to cracking with shock or movement.
And, of course, you are right on the money with the vinegar in very very small quantities, and your comments about Murphy’s Oil Soap just confirm everything I have recently heard about it since I had begun my search for the right product this past May. Water based polyurethane is good for things that are not exposed to extreme or rigid temperatures such as picture frames, side tables, bookcases and desks etc. I am not the most leading expert, but I have been refinishing floors for for 30 years.
In fact, some manufacturer’s claim that the wear resistance of polyurethane over epoxy is almost 3 to 1. The resistance to chemicals is better than epoxy as well and this includes resistance to solvents such as methylene chloride which is the primary ingredient in paint stripper. Acrylic based finishes, both water and solvent based are the best choice for non-yellowing finishes. In this article, you will find useful, quality, hardwood flooring information on a step by step standard procedure on how to apply oil base polyurethane wood floor finishes. Yes, it does appear this way, but I’ve been told they are the same wood.” However, all of the stain samples are fake” and not on real wood.
You must also SEAL or STAIN the floor in order to seal the wood before applying the topcoat, as wood is porous. Synteko has been at the forefront of water base technology for the last 45 years and is now available in over 70 countries around the world. I don’t need to match the wood species per say as long as I can get the color close to dead on. Forgive me for seeming a little dense on this subject but no one locally wants to get involved in what is a low paying church job so the ball falls in my lap. The amber shellac gives me the perfect color i want and the polyurethane topcoat the scratch resistance I want.
Geographic distribution: Lacquer was still relatively common in the wood flooring industry as recently as a decade ago, but fell out of favor due to its inherent dangers and resulting deaths. Regular cleaning with a wood cleaner made specifically for oiled hardwood floors, such as Murphy Oil® Soap (diluted ¼ cup soap to 1 gallon of water) is usually all that’s needed. Also, water-based polyurethane emits very little odor, and clean up of tools requires only water. Let the oil soak into the wood for at least two hours and avoid walking on the flooring or replacing any rugs or furniture until dry.
Arrange a consultation with one of our flooring team and we can discuss what options would work best for your home or business, whether it be floor staining , polyurethane coatings , whitewash application or natural oil finishes and water-based polyurethane. A water-based finish will dry clear, while an oil-based polyurethane will appear lighter at first but will darken with age. I am no pro, yet we as homeowners have struggled with waterborne polyurethane finish after years of traditional polyurethane. Tung oil is derived from the nuts of certain trees indigenous to Asia and other parts of the world.