Hi - I'm considering using a water-based polyurethane to finish a
newly installed wide pine floor... Mostly to avoid the odor (etc)
from the oil based product. Does anyone have experience with the
water-based product on a pine floor? How well does it stand up? Are
there any major drawbacks?
On Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:54:07 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
The waterbased finishes have the advantage of low odor, easy cleanup,
and not flammable. The oil-based finishes are better in the long run,
but you need set up some kind of cross ventilation. "Varathane" is a
very good product for wooden floors.
A benefit of water base is it wont yellow like oil, so if you want the
lightest natural finish over the years water base is best. Gloss is
clearest in any finish so only use a satin or semi for final coat. Its
probably softer than oil so do an extra coat.
I've used both on oak floors. The water-based did not stand up well in
the high traffic areas with a big dog, even with four coats. Look at
the small print on the can and it will probably say something about
needing more frequent re-application. I should have re-done it after
The oil-based does "color" the floor more, but I think it's a more
durable finish. High gloss is tougher than semi or satin. Its been 12
years since I used the water-based so they could be better now. The
oil-based, high gloss I put down two years ago still looks like new.
Of course the dog is gone now.
The water-based should work fine as long as you re-do it more
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