Wood Floor Sealer
Whenever you're applying wood floor sealer, be sure to read the manufactures instruction, and specs on the side of the container. Not, all finishes are made equally.
Always test a small area, to ensure that your getting the right color and to see if the finish reacts in a bad manner with the surface being coated on.
Choosing A Wood Sealer
There are four types of wood sealers to choose from Laquer wood sealer(illegal in Massachusetts), Oil based quick drying poly Sealer, Water based wood sealers, and Universal wood sealers (used for both water and oil).
They all do the same thing, seal the wood, for better build up on your top coat. So, which is best and which one do you use?
- Laquer wood sealer, very flammable, harsh fumes. If, you apply to heavy of a coat, your top coat or polyurethane will not bond. Bad, bad, bad and bad - It's illegal in Masssachusetts. The Up side, it will seal in old odors - such as pet odors, and won't raise the wood grain, less buffing.
- Quick drying poly sealer, Non flammable, mild fumes, promotes topcoat adhesion and film build up, can be screened in 2 hours, and can be used as a stand alone 3 coat application. If, I had to use a sealer for oil based polyurethane I would choose this type of wood floor sealer.
- Water based wood floor sealer, non flammable, low odor, promotes topcoat adhesion and film build up. Will raise wood grain excessively, so you'll have to give the floor a good screening. Uneven coating will cause tanning pull, Tip: Apply a generous coat. For use with water based polyurethane, only.
- Universal wood sealers, flammable, mild fumes, can be used with both water based and oil based polyurethane. I personnally don't like universal products, they don't perform as well as ones that are specified for water or oil, only.
If, you need to use a natural wood sealer, use the quick dry poly sealer or water based wood sealer.
Wood Floor Sealer Tips
- Quick dry poly sealer, apply a thin coat, and coat the same direction as the wood grain.
- Water based sealers, Use a high quality wood sealer and apply a generous coat. This will prevent tanning pull and allow the maximum film build up.
- Sealing wood stains, For oil based polyurethane, seal the stain with the polyurethane. For water base polyurethane, use water base sealer to seal in wood stain.
- Need to match a floor color, you can tint water base sealers and laquer sealers with wood dyes, to make a one step finish.
: For Massachusetts residents, sanding laquer and laquer sealer sales and uses
have been banned in the state of Massachusetts. Visit this link to learn more, Massachusetts ban on wood floor sealers
are one of the easiest wood floor finishes to apply. Use a lambs wool applicator and a brush that's specified for oil paints only.
It's important to use only oil paint applicator, to reduce puddling, to provide proper coverage, and to allow the wood floor sealer to level itself properly. This will reduce unwanted brush marks, if, you do get brush marks no worries. The polyurethane finish will cover it up.
: Have a helper coat the edges while you coat the main body of the wood flooring. This will result in less time spent with inhaling in the wood sealer fumes.
Applying Wood Sealers
- Start by cutting in the edges, with your brush, use a 3" or 4" brush, remove loose brush bristles before using.
Carefully, coat the floor, avoid getting any natural wood sealer on other surfaces. If, you accidentally do, you can use mineral spirit to clean it up. When, coating the edges, you should brush across the grain, then complete your final brush strokes with the grain. Remember to check for puddles, splashes, or drips. When applying natural wood sealers, be sure to apply the proper coverage, so that the finish seals all the wood pores.
Be sure to maintain a wet edge at all time. By doing this you'll avoid unwanted lap marks.
- use a light lambs wool applicator. Remove any loose wool
from the applicator, you can use a vacuum to do this. Avoid pulling on the wool, this can create more loose fiber.
Pour your Wood Sealer into a 5 gallon pail. Attach the applicator to a mop handle. Soak the applicator with wood sealer. Start from furthest away from exit. Working in a 7'x 7' area or smaller, apply a 12 inch x 5 foot puddle in front of you. Pre-coat the wood-flooring, mopping from the starting puddle to the coated edge. Apply downward pressure while your mopping. Avoid applying pressure to the middle of the mop handle, this can cause it to break. Overlap your passes.
It's important that you pre-coat your floor, using one forward and back pass. While, making sure the wood flooring is completely coated. This will help you put an even quantity of floor finish across the surface.
: If dealing with cold climate conditions. Maintain room temperature at 65 degrees. If the wood floor sealer does not dry to touch within a 1-2 hr period or overnight. Adjust the temperature higher, usually 70-72 degrees is more than enough.
Once you've completed the pre-coat step. You want to do a light finish pass, using the same procedure, but with less pressure. We apply pressure to the mop head to squeeze out the wood floor sealer.
On our final pass, we must apply less to zero pressure towards the mop head. Allow the applicator to float across the surface. While doing this check, for splashes, unevenness, and missed spots, coat if necessary.
Repeat both process for edging and mop applicator. Work towards the exit area. Open any windows necessary to allow unwanted fumes out, during the process of applying your wood floor sealer, allow the wood sealer to dry 1-2 hrs or overnight.
Apply a coat of natural wood sealer to help protect your wood floor. When you're choosing a wood floor sealer, invest in a high quality finish. This will save you money, from having to refinish your wood floors to often.
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