I just finished installing a Jatoba Floor, but now the question, is what
type of finish should I use to protect/finish it?
That thing is so oily that I have no idea what the hell will actuall
penetrate in the wood!
Can't say about an entire floor, but when finishing oily exotics, I
sand as desired and vacuum carefully.
Then I reduce the oil on the surface by wiping with laquer thinner,
toulene, etc. Something that flashes off really quickly in order to
keep from wicking further oils to the surface.
Your rag(s) need only be damp with this stuff
and make sure you are in a really well ventilated area.. plenty of fans
pointing outside... no AC to pull the fumes around the house.
Then apply an even coat of 1 1/2# cut shellac. >Lightly< sand. Apply
your finish as you normally would. Allow extra drying time as the oily
stuff combined with the shellac sealer will prevent the wood from
soaking up the thinners, so it may take longer to cure completely.
Good luck. As always, try it out on some scrap first and see how well
the finish resists abasion.
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