How can we tell if it’s a polyurethane finish?

Q: A friend of mine has a house that was built sometime in the 1940’s. She and her realtor are unsure as to whether or not her hardwood floors have a polyurethane finish. Is there a way that we can check? Continue reading How can we tell if it’s a polyurethane finish?

Can polyurethane be used over a section of my oak floor that was finished with Waterlox?

Q: Can polyurethane be used over a section of my oak floor that was finished with Waterlox? Continue reading Can polyurethane be used over a section of my oak floor that was finished with Waterlox?

What type of finish (varnish?) was used in the 60’s?

Q: I want to refinish just a couple of sections of my oak hardwood floor (fixing black nail spots and some marks left by carpeting that has been taken up). I have been told to mask off the area I work on, bleach and sand, etc. I don’t know what to use for a finish. Continue reading What type of finish (varnish?) was used in the 60’s?

No appearance difference between water and oil finishes?

Q: I have 25 year old red oak floors that I want refinished with a water-based poly. From what I’ve seen in showrooms, I like the natural look of red oak with a water based application versus the yellowish pigment of oil (current finish). One of the contractors claims because of the age of the oak there will be no appearance difference between using water or oil. Continue reading No appearance difference between water and oil finishes?

I don’t think a high quality oil modified polyurethane can be beat (photos of samples)

sample boards
sample boards
sample boards
sample boards

Ok, these sample boards I’ve been working on. I’m trying to show the difference in appearance between oil modified polyurethane and water borne urethane. Continue reading I don’t think a high quality oil modified polyurethane can be beat (photos of samples)

Do you know of a good source for information to give customers for oil finish maturity?

Q: Do you know of a good source for information to give customers for oil finish maturity? Like the PDF Glitsa has on their website under their “What to expect during curing process” link(http://www.glitsa.com/maintenance.php). We don’t normally use Glitsa for obvious reasons. We use Bona oil base and cannot find that kind of a list on their website. Continue reading Do you know of a good source for information to give customers for oil finish maturity?

Waterborne finish most durable regarding scratches?

Q: I just got my floors refinished and I was under the impression that the waterborne finish would be the most durable from scratches. I can easily scratch my floors with a light rub of my fingernail and I am concerned because I have 2 dogs who I’ve not let on the floor yet, and a baby on the way. My flooring refinisher said he put 2 coats down and I have asked him to come back to put a 3rd coat. Continue reading Waterborne finish most durable regarding scratches?

Closest product to match Swedish finish?

Q: We have 2 coats of Swedish finish on our oak floor, still in great condition after 5 years of good care. We are downsizing a kitchen island and thus will be exposing an area around each side of the island by about 12″. The floor which will be exposed was sanded, but never finished. I would like to know what I can apply to the unfinished boards that will look compatible to what I have already. Continue reading Closest product to match Swedish finish?