My contractor recently gave me an estimate to refinish my wood floor.
He stated that he would need to sand, seal and apply two coats of oil
based poly. Does anyone have any suggestions? Do not know too much
about flooring. Thanks in advance.
only suggestion is to get 3 quotes. the basics of sand, seal and oil
poly is pretty standard. In lieu of that, they could replace the oil
based poly with water based and then you should have 3 coats and it
better be REALLY good stuff, or it won't last.
If you have ever tried to live in a house with a large area of oil based
poly drying, you would not have to ask that. It stinks. Also, you have to
put it on with a minimum of 24 hours between coats. With water based, you
can put all 3 coats on in one day. The smell is mild, like ammonia, but not
Partially true. I just redid ~1600 ft^2 and used Zar's new fast drying oil
based poly (screened and recoated - I didn't take her down to wood as it's in
good shape, just dull). "Fast" as in I was walking on the floor for recoating
in 2 hours after the first coat (the recommended timeframe) and it was *dry*.
after the final coat I waited overnight and then moved the furniture back with
no problems. This was about 3 months ago. The whole process took a full day -
not bad at all.
I highly recommend that Zar product to anyone doing floors - it looks great
and is easy to work with (and it won a Pop Mechanics award last year to boot).
The problem I have with traditional, long-setting oil based polys is that the
longer the open time = the more chances for deposits like bugs etc to embed in
the surface (and it also takes several days before you can inhabit as you
BUT - you're spot on about the smell - it took about a week for the "aroma" to
fade. If you can deal with that then oil based is definitely the way to go. It
was a good tradeoff in my case.
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On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 07:01:53 GMT, "Bjarte Runderheim"
Better colour - water white, rather than yellowish oil
Less smell or solvent exposure.
OTW, I wouldn't use either. For sanding floors I only ever use
Ruston's Floorcoat, an acid-catalysed formaldehyde resin. It cures
hard in a couple of hours, and wears better than polyurethanes.
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