I like DuraSeal, an oil based finish.
Years ago I did a room with polyurethane and it didn't hold up well at
all, but I think polyurethane must have been improved since then, as I
think they use it on gymnasium floors now. To me, polyurethane has a
plastic look and feel to it, so I've stuck with DuraSeal. DuraSeal is a
professional line made by Minwax, so its rarely seen in retail stores.
I did some stair treads with waterbased polyurethane, primarily as it
was recommended to be less slippery and I was concerned with safety. It
worked well and has a nice feel and appearance. Application was also
easy, with quick drying and no fumes.
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