Water Based Wood Finish

Water-base Polyurethane Wood Finish - The character of a water based wood finish are similar to oil base. Being a latex finish, clean up is easy, just use warm water. Waterbase floor finishes are very different from each other. You get what you paid for, with this type of wood floor finish. The lower end finishes will fade in color as it ages. They don't hold up to well and can easily be damaged by the sun's ray. Not only that you'll have to apply from 4 to 5 coats. I'd rather go fishing than be tied up with work all day long.



wood floor finishes If, you decide to use a water based wood floor finish. I recommend using either Trek plus or Bona - Traffic HD. Money well spent on quality polyurethane finishes, will pay dividends later.

In This article, I will be covering the Trek Plus finish. So, let's get started.

Trek plus finish consist of a sealer coat (sealer xl) and the 2 part Trek plus finish(hardener and finish). Make sure your using applicators specified for latex paints only. We'll begin with the sealer coat.


Sealer XL - Using a 4" latex brush, start by applying the sealer along the edges, coating lengthwise with the wood floor boards. Then coat 2-4 feet on the width, cover 6-8 inches of edges. If your a beginner, I suggest coating smaller widths, around 2 feet, should be good or an area where you can complete in 15 minutes.



Tip: Do not play with the water based wood finish. The more friction you apply the faster the finish will set-up. Try and apply the proper coverage within 2 passes or strokes.




Now, pour a 4-6 inch puddle/line along the length of the floor. Example: wall is 12 feet, length of puddle/line should be about 10 feet by 4-6 inch wide. Pre-damp a 10" latex mop applicator with sealer, pre-coat the floor quickly. Now for the finish pass, beginning at one end of the room. Using a plowing motion (snow plow), working with the grain of the wood flooring. Drag the mop towards other end, with the mop slightly angled like a plow. This angle will direct any extra polyurethane wood finish towards you.

Once you've reached the other side of the room. Work back to opposite side, directing the finish away from your starting wall. Always, check for missed spots, splashes and puddles, before continuing with your coating, re-coat if necessary. Keep in mind you only have a 15 minute working time, once the wood floor finish is poured out of it's container. So there is no stopping at this point. Brush out any bubbles, foam, or ridges from the water based wood finish.

Repeat procedure until wood flooring is coated with sealer xl. Allow 2 or more hours to dry. If, the finish looks spotty or uneven.

wood floor finishes Buff or screen - wood flooring using a combination of white cleaning pad, maroon buffing pad, and 2 strips of stick-on 220 grit sandpaper. Replace sanding strips, if needed. Clean and tack surface.

Apply a second coat of sealer xl. This will prevent any tanning pull in the wood, when you apply the polyurethane wood finish. Which is common with white oak wood flooring. Allow the wood floor finish to dry overnight.

Storage - Rinse and clean both applicators in warm water. Then keep soaked in clean water, until the next use. Dry off before next use. Any unused sealer xl wood floor finish can be stored away, read label for shelf life.

Buff or screen - wood flooring using a combination of white cleaning pad, maroon buffing pad, and 2 strips of stick-on 220 grit sandpaper. Clean and tack surface.

Trek plus - Combine the hardener and water based wood finish together, in the Trek plus bottle. Shake vigorously and let sit for 5 minutes, before using.



Tip: Trek plus finish has a shelf life of 6 hrs when you combine both parts together. It turns into thick jello, becoming unusable.

Example: 1 gallon covers 500 sq. ft., if you're coating a room that's 250 sq. ft. You should pour half the polyurethane wood finish into a clean empty water gallon or container that you can use for pouring. Combine the amounts of the 2 parts, for what your coating for now. Mix the remainder when you're ready to use it. Once you have combined the 2 parts of wood floor finish, you actually only have about 4 hrs to apply the product, before it becomes unusable. So, it's wise to use only what you need. This wood floor finish is expensive, do this with any type of wood floor finish, where you must combine with another part, such as a hardener or catalyzer.




Using the same application technique as the previous.

Using a 4" latex brush, pour a 4 inch round puddle, start by applying the water based wood finish along the edges, coating lengthwise with the floor boards. Then coat 2-4 feet on the width, cover 6-8 inches of edges. If you're a beginner, I suggest coating smaller widths, around 2 feet, should be good or an area where you can complete in 15 minutes.



Tip: Do not play with the polyurethane wood finish. The more friction you apply the faster the finish will set-up and leave brush lines. Try and apply the proper coverage within 2 passes or strokes.




wood floor finishes Now, pour a 4-6 inch puddle/line along the length of the floor. Example: wall is 12 feet, length of puddle/line should be about 10 feet by 4-6 inch wide. Pre-damp a 10" latex mop applicator with Trek plus finish, pre-coat the floor quickly. Now for the finish pass, beginning at one end of the room. Using a plowing motion (snow plow), working with the grain of the wood flooring. Drag the mop towards other end, with the mop slightly angled like a plow.


This angle will direct any extra polyurethane wood finish towards you.

Once you've reached the other side of the room. Work back to opposite side, directing the polyurethane water based wood finish away from your starting wall. Always, check for missed spots, splashes and puddles, before continuing with your coating, re-coat if necessary. Keep in mind you only have a 15 minute working time, once the wood floor finish is poured out of it's container. So there is no stop at this point. Brush out any bubbles, foam, or ridges from the water based wood finish.


Repeat procedure until wood flooring is coated with Trek plus. Allow 2 or more hours to dry. Buff or screen wood flooring using a combination of white cleaning pad, maroon buffing pad, and 2 strips of stick-on 220 grit sandpaper. Clean and tack surface. Apply a second coat of Trek plus. Allow to dry overnight.

Storage-Rinse and clean both applicators in warm water. Then keep soaked in clean water, until the next use. Any uncombined Trek plus finish can be stored away, read label for shelf life.

Trek plus is the only water based wood finish that contains aluminum oxide. This is one of our top choices for a water based wood finish for a strong, durable, scratch resistant, chemical resistant, and a polyurethane wood finish that won't fade.



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