Preventing douglas fir from oxidizing and turning orange

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have a newly laid douglas fir floor. I would like to prevent the fir from oxidizing and turning orange. I have been told to use a water based polyurethane finish. I’m afraid that in a few years the wood will still turn orange. Do you know about bleaching the wood to prevent this change in color?

A: I have no experience with Douglas Fir. However, it seems to me the best option is a water-based finish. There are some excellent ones on the market. I would suggest you go to and make an inquiry. They are a major water base manufacturer. Their Street Shoe product is tough as nails and fast cure. You may get a reply from Mark Culbertson, whom I have found very engaging and helpful.

Since they have tested their products on numerous woods, including exotic brands, your best answer will come from them.

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Yellowing on hardwood floors; is there a finish that would prevent it?

Q: Regarding urethane for hardwood floors, I just finished reading your oil vs. water text. I think I am partial to oil. I have new, beautiful, truly brown walnut flooring that I do not want to yellow. I cannot get my hands on the Circa 1850 Bowling Alley urethane. Do you think that the yellowing or amber-color that happens with oil-based is from the yellow in the wood? Continue reading Yellowing on hardwood floors; is there a finish that would prevent it?

Matching darker, older floors with bright new floors

Q: After sanding down our 50-yr. old hardwood, we put 3 coats of poly on them and they turned out great. However, we decided we wanted to put the same hardwood in our kitchen. So we bought unfinished white oak, sanded it after installing, and then put 1 coat of poly on. It does not match the colour of the old hardwood which is much more orange. Continue reading Matching darker, older floors with bright new floors

Yellow and “oranging” of wood

Q: I recently bought a 115-year-old house, remodeled within the past 10 years, with wall to wall carpet. I ripped up the carpet on the second floor, with the intention on re-carpeting, only to find old 2 3/8″ wide strip pine floors in relatively decent condition. The carpet caused some yellow and oranging of the wood. Continue reading Yellow and “oranging” of wood