Shellac or Polyurethane floor finish?

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I need to refinish a hall that has Oak flooring. (I was able to remove the glued down vinyl that was put on top of the Oak with help of a heat gun and a scraper.)
I have sanded the floor and went to buy the finish. Two choices where on the shelve. Polyurethane, both types water and oil based and Shellac. The Polys advertise fast drying but stipulate to wait 24-48 hours before regular use. The Shellac seems to have a 4 hour dry time.
The house was built in the early 50's and I am unsure what they originally used. Any Ideas?
Dave
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Teamcasa wrote:

Shellac will yellow, isn't as durable as poly and it doesn't like water. Go with the poly. If you want it to turn amber over time, use the oil-based.
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RicodJour wrote:

I agree...and the oil based will start out more amber than the WB, as well as ambering over time.
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Is this your experience with the durability factor. Drying time for the Poly? I can't be without the use of the hallway. It divides the bedrooms from the bathrooms~~
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Teamcasa wrote:

Stay in a motel/hotel for a couple of days then.
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David wrote:

Or camp. Even in the back yard! <G>
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Sounds like a job for.....PORTA POTTY!
Y'can't have both. The poly will be worth the trouble.
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Teamcasa wrote:

There is water based poly that has a short dry time. Shop around. Go to a good paint store and ask there. Don't go to Lowes or Home Deport for advice. Shellac is pretty far from an ideal choice for a floor. In can be used but far from poly in terms of durability. There is a poly that will dry as fast as Shellac but I just cant remember the name of the product I used. I bought mine where I rented a floor sander. Duraweld or some such thing (or I could be completely foggy on the brand).
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Drying time and curing time are two different creatures. Just because the surface is dry, does not mean it's ready for foot traffic.
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Just a thought, I had to wait until my daughter was about 7 or 8, but when I painted the stairs at our home, I ran a line of masking tape right down the middle from top to bottom, trained my family to stay to one side of the tape, put a gate accross the bottom to keep the dog & cats off them, then painted one side at a time.
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What we've done in these situations (also with tiling floors) is to build a bridge. A short lentgh of 4x2 either end of the hallway, a 10x2 over the top should get you from A to B and you can even build an off ramp or two.
If you don't like high gloss poly, you can get satin, you know; you can even get matte but I think that's not recommended for floors.
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Use Fuhr 260. Can be walked on in a couple of hours, just don't wear your work boots for a few days or weeks. JG
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Options: Put a coffee can in each bedroom then paint the family in for the night Paint one side of the hallway, then the other side the next day, leaving a path half the width of each door Paint the floor, take the family away for a weekend at some posh resort
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Poly the floor and have your family wear their anti gravity boots for a couple days. :)
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Well - that's the answer! I'll check eBay for the boots. If they are not available, I'll go with Ed's last option. Dave
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Doesn't like the alkali stuff you put in the water for floor-washing too much either. Murphy's oil soap will serve, though.
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Let me add that I don't want the plastic look of Poly. I doubt the original finish was polyurethane either. Where I live there are quite a few Craftsman style homes with refinishd floors. The ones done with polyurethane look like a plastic sheet over the nice wood. I really like the warm look of the floors that have the original finish, whatever it was.
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Teamcasa wrote:

Applied correctly, poly doesn't look "plastic".
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Have you considered an oil finish? I refinished a oak table (use every day) with oil 36 years ago. It has done well. Table is washed after meals. Once in a while we reoil it. I used a mixture of 1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part mineral spirts, and 1 part vinegar. Vinegar cuts down the odor and emulsifies the mix. Lets the beauty of the wood show. Saturate the wood and in about 30 minutes wipe off all that has not soaked in. WW
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Warren Weber wrote:

In a hallway? Hee hee!
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