floor refinishing question

Hey all;
Not sure if this is the right group for this question, but here goes:
A friend of mine is putting pine flooring in an older (ca. 1800s) home. She has had the floor made for her, so it's new. She was wondering what kind of finish to put on it, and had heard about using linseed oil and wax. I recommended varathane, or a similar product, but she seems kind of set on this linseed oil thing.
Has anyone ever used this on a floor? How did it work out? Can anyone suggest any reason why one might want to use linseed oil and wax?
Thanks
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On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 11:57:56 -0500, tempus fugit wrote:

ken moersch said you can use any of the products , its personal preference varatahne from flecto is underrated , its good because it sticks to the most comtaminated surfaces

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linseed oil and wax will darken alot over time , show scuff marks and require regular maintenance, and water spot. New water base will not yellow and will hold up a long time. Oil poly will yellow.
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<< using linseed oil and wax >>
This combination wasn't worth a d**n in the 20th, 19th or 18th centuries and the same holds true today. Unless this person has a couple of live-in maids or a few scullery people to keep after the scuffs and traffic marks its only merit is the apparent (hopeless) romantic aspects of it. The linseed oil film has slim or none for strength compared to modern polymers like acrylics and urethanes. If she really wants an oil finish on something, tell her to sand off some paint on her Honda and coat it with linseed oil. In a few weeks she can then preserve it further by topping the gooey mess with real beeswax. But don't drive it through a car wash... JMHO
Joe
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no no no...linseed oil is an inferior finish for a custom made wood floor. linseed oil breaks down over time and will blacken the wood. IMO the best finish is a high end tung oil....check out www.sutherlandwelles.com
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