Q: How do I test the coating on my building’s staircase and exterior doors to see if each coating is fire proof?
A: I don’t think any substance is fire proof. I would suggest you call your local fire department and ask their advice.
- Super seal water proof membrane
Q: There are new products out there, designed as sub floor material (ex: Super Seal) to be used instead of the typical plywood sub floor. These are cheaper and easier to install than plywood, but are they as good as plywood? A: Super seal is a water proof membrane, not…
- Water vs Oil
I read a couple of threads that suggested water based polyurethane for floors may not be the best idea. Should we reconsider an oil based polyurethane before we start?
- Oil or water to match
We just had the floors redone using an oil based polyurethane and I'm trying to get the stairs to match. The problem is the stairs were originally done with a water based polyurethane. Do I need to completely sand down the floors or can I apply the oil based polyurethane…
- Adding oil over water based finish?
I recently had my oak floors refinished with water based poly. I would rather have had Oil but because of time constraints at that time I opted for the water. I want to put a couple of coats of oil on top. Can I just rough up the floor and…
- Hardwax oil finish
Are you familiar with O*** P**** oil? How does it compare to Waterlox? I really like the look and benefits (easily repairable) of a hardwax oil finish. It seems technology has made even this type of floor low maintenance.
- Warped stair treads after fire
Q: I recently had a fire in my home and the stair treads are warped from water damage. How can I fix them? A: That depends how warped they are. If it isn't severe they can likely be sanded flat but you have to make sure they are dry first.…