Q: I applied 2 coats of water based sealer and finish on an unfinished ash floor. I’m not happy with the results and want to use oil based finish instead. I bought Zar semi gloss. Is there a certain length of time I need to wait before applying the oil based polyurethane?
Oil Vs Water Based Urethane, Wax, Etc.
Q&A On the topic of choosing what finish to put on your flooring. Sometimes it comes down to a personal choice.
Flexible clear coating other than polyurethane
Q: I’m restoring a 120 year old barn that has 1×12 rough cut CVG floors. I’m repurposing it for a wood shop and office. I plan on sanding then sealing the planks with a clear, heavy sealer so it looks like a gym floor. Should I use polyurethane or would you recommend something else?
What type of finish do you recommend?
Q: I am going to try your advice and sand and finish a few of my 6″ pine floor boards (the whole board) in a few areas where the finish has worn through and then buff and recoat the rest of the floor. When you suggest applying a thin layer of finish and removing the tape quickly, what type of finish do you recommend?
Best finish for Douglas fir
Q: We milled second growth Douglas fir in 2016. We are sorting through the pile of full dimension 1×6, to send 2000 away for kiln drying, planing, and t&g’ing for flooring. It is not all edge grain, but a mix of edge and face. We’re wondering about a finish.
Wood floor finish for a house on stilts
Q: We had a new white oak floor installed and used a Minwax stain that was tinted with white pigment (Sherwin Williams). The installer waited 48 hours after applying the stain. The house is on the water on stilts and heated, set at 60 degrees. He then applied 3 coats of Bona Traffic HD, buffing between coats.
Can I lightly sand and put an oil base poly over water base poly?
Q: I sanded old finish off my wood floors, then put a oil base stain on, and then put a water base urethane on. I lightly sanded the floor next day and put a second coat of poly on. Now I have a few spots flaking.
Lighter look or deeper colour
Q: I have pine floors from the 30’s. I had them professionally refinished two times in the past. There is no stain and the poly wears away quickly. I recently sanded one room myself and applied oil based poly. It came out darker where I sanded one area more than the rest due to scratches and wear in that area.
Floor rough after 2 coats of water-based polyurethane
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We have sanded and stained our oak wood floors. We have put on 2 coats of water-based polyurethane. The floor still feels rough. How do you get that hard smooth finish?
Can oil modified urethane be used to recoat over Swedish (Glitsa) finishes?
Q: Can oil modified urethane be used to recoat over Swedish (Glitsa) finishes?
Usual finish for a parquet floor?
Q: I am sanding down a 30 year old parquet floor. What should I put on it once I have sanded it down? Do I seal it with a matte varnish, or should I oil it? What is the usual finish?