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
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?
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
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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).
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.
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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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
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.
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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