Wood Floor Finishes
Applying wood floor finishes, is an easy process, but can sometimes be tricky. Even professional flooring contractors will sometimes cringe, when it comes time for applying wood finishes.
A few things you should know about your wood finish, before you start coating your wood flooring.
There are many different wood finish available. It can be a soft finish like stains and sealers. Or hard wood floor finish such as polyurethane wood finish, tung-oil wood finish, wax, etc.
Choosing the best wood floor finish isn't easy, with such a large selection, which one is right for you?
You must ask yourself:
What's the look your after or like?
What type of color?
How much does the finish change as it ages?
How much time do you want to spend on cleaning and maintaining them?
How much time can you spend being away from your home, while the work is being done?
How long will the wood finishes, last with your specific lifestyle?
Ask yourself the above questions, and you'll be able to narrow your decision on choosing the best wood floor finish for your money.
Tip: Invest in a high quality top coat finish. Your money will be well spent in this area.
Types of Wood Finishes
- Use this finish for decks, porches and if it's recomended by the manufacture for use with a polyurethane wood finish, on hardwood floors.
Wood floor sealers
are a soft finish
with little amberring and some are highly flammable
Do not smoke and turn off all pilot lights
, when using this wood finish product.
They're primarily used as a first coat prior to applying polyurethane finishes. Be sure that the sealer you chose is compatible
with your polyurethane you're applying. If they're not, your polyurethane finish coat will break down and either delaminate(blister) or chip and flake
. Resulting in a system failure, money wasted..
This normally occurs within 3 yrs., after it's been applied.
Most home owners will use this wood floor finish, when they're putting their home on the real estate market.
Stain Wood Finish
and Aniline Wood Dye Stain
- Use this wood finish, when you want to add a specific color
to your hardwood floors, to match your interior design.
Stains are a soft
wood finish, mask off surfaces that you don't want to get color on, an reduce clean-up time.
Due to exposure to dirt and oil, a stain wood finish coat is vulnerable to damages. Stand alone stain coat with no top coat
, can turn grayish in color, over time, as it absorbs dirt and moisture.
, by top coating with a high quality
durable wood floor finish, to protect your color from scrathces and wearing off.
There are other methods
of getting color onto your wood flooring. You can use Aniline wood dye stains
to get a more vibrant color and modern look
, such as an expresso wood finish.
, you simply use latex paint, then dilute with water and apply like stain wood finish. You can use other paint colors, to get a more extra ordinary
and unique look, have fun with your interior decorating ideas.
Tung Oil Wood Finish
Tung Oil Wood Finish
- This wood product is mostly found on furnitures, but are also used to protect floors, to achieve a natural wood look.
Tung oil is durable, has an amberring appearance, and is easy to apply
With Tung oil wood finish, the more you apply, the more durable
it will be. Your final sanding pass should be a high grit, 120 or higher.
Apply several coats
up to five or more, to achieve a durable surface. Although, easy to apply this wood floor finish requires a lot of work to complete.
When applying tung oil
use a large oil paint brush. You can also use a lambs wool applicator
, just make sure there's no loose fibers.
You want to apply with the grain
of the floor. Apply up to 3 or 4 coats before screening
the surface with 220 grit sanding strip and maroon buffing pad
After you buffed the floor, vacuum, clean and tack, then recoat
until you've achieved your desire sheen and look.
Note: the more coats you apply the shinier your wood floor will be, when using a tung oil wood floor finishes
Oil-Base Polyurethane Finish
and Water based wood finish
- These two wood floor finishes are used commonly
throughout in many homes.
On hardwood floors and furnitures, polyurethane finishes are very durable, an easy to work with
Recommended amount of coats are 3 polyurethane
floor finish for oil base wood finish and 1 sealer and 3 polyurethane
coats for water based wood finish. With high end wood finishes you can aply less coats
. This will protect and make your wood flooring last longer
under proper care and maintenance, compared to the low end stuff.
These wood floor finishes are available in oil base and water base
. You could find these at any home center near you.
Moisture Cure Wood Floor Finish
Moisture Cure Wood Floor Finish
- This is a high quality finish
. Its durability is much greater
than regular polyurethane
finishes, along with the odor.
Very important to have good ventilation
when working with this wood finish.
This is a great finish to use in conditions where the air is very moist
The speed of curing
depends on, how much humidity is in the air. The higher the humidity
, the more rapid the dry time.
Moisture cure wood floor finish will outlast
a traditional polyurethane finish. Ask a flooring supplier near you, if, they carry this product.
- This finish is also known
as an acid finish or acid cure. This is the toughest finish on the market, making it illegal in some states. Like my state of Massachusetts,
so I haven't had the satisfaction of using this product. Although, I heard you can get it in our neighboring state of Connecticut.
This was a quick break down of the functions of each wood finish. You can learn more about the finishes by visiting the manufacturer's of each one, listed below here.
These are the most common wood floor finishes
, used today.
Choose the best wood floor finish, that meets your everyday needs. And you'll have a beautiful, long lasting
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