We are in the final stages of finishing a kitchen addition on our
home. Trim, plumbing, electric, etc is done and now my contractor
wants to put one coat of oil polyurethane on the floor prior to the
cabinets and appliances being installed. Once they are installed he
will do the second coat. Are there any issues with this procedure.
Will there be issues such as possible dust or debris that may be on
the floor which might cause problems with the finish coat?
On Mon, 27 Oct 2003 15:43:56 -0600 (CST), email@example.com (mark
Mark, we opted for the oil based since the new room arches into our
dining room and a hallway, both with oak hardwood finished in oil.
However, I will discuss the need for additional coats with my GC.
It depends on the method of finishing the floor.
The system used by my installer friend Adrien runs
1. First coat: 6 hours to dry; then sand lightly;
2. 2nd coat: 12 hours to dry; then sand again;
3. 3rd coat: 24 hours to dry
and another week to cure overall before you
brush the surface with a broom. (Non-brush
vacuum cleaner is OK.)
I doubt that you want to do without kitchen
cupboards for a week while the floor cures.
I doubt that you could get inevitable cupboard
installation debris out of the floor finish. Better
finish the floor last, when you are sure the
whole extension is clean.
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
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