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Old 06-07-2013, 06:24 AM   #1
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Hey all - I'm in the process of re-finishing my oak hardwood floors. So far I've sanded and stained with oil based stain. I want to put 4 coats of polyurethane on and have noticed that there's a lot of choices out there. It's going to be a wet and humid week up here in CT and was wondering if there were any drawbacks to using (Minwax) fast drying poly. Is it harder to work with? Would a first timer like me be better off using the regular stuff? I plan on applying with a paint roller and sanding with a pole sander with fine grit in between. Any advice is appreciated. (Floors are in great shape, almost no cracks or voids)

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So far I've sanded and stained with oil based stain.
any drawbacks to using (Minwax) fast drying poly... ?
vs any other oil based fast drying poly choice?
I can't imagine there would be.

Personally... I'm still a fan of paste wax.
(and hiring someone else to do all the work)

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No way would I be using a roller on a hardwood floor!!.
Did you take the time to read all the directions?
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...ane-for-floors
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Thanks, I read up a little on the product info but am always skeptical of company claims. I was originally planning on applying with a lambskin applicator but was told it was easier with a paint roller - best to follow product specs though. After doing everything in this house - taping, tile,electrical,plumbing, I am finding that refinishing hardwood floors is by far the hardest thing to master.
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Thanks, I read up a little on the product info but am always skeptical of company claims. I was originally planning on applying with a lambskin applicator but was told it was easier with a paint roller - best to follow product specs though. After doing everything in this house - taping, tile,electrical,plumbing, I am finding that refinishing hardwood floors is by far the hardest thing to master.
Being skeptical of company claims is one thing, ignoring the product data and safety sheets is completely different and they should always followed regardless of what the front of the can says.
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No way would I be using a roller on a hardwood floor!!.
Did you take the time to read all the directions?
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...ane-for-floors
Joe is absolutely correct. If you roll you will have millions of air bubbles all over the place. I think one of those short bristle pads would work well.
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I ended up going with a lambswool applicator and sanded by hand with 320 grit paper after the first coat even though super fast dry minwax says you don't need to sand- not too many bubbles at all, just want it as smooth as can be. As for product claims - the label says that it's sandable after 6-8 hours at 77F and 55% relative humidity. Well, as I sit here it is 76.5F and 54% relative humidity and 9 hours later two of the rooms still aren't dry enough to sand - sigh.
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A waterbased finish would have been a better route to go such as Bona Traffic. It is more durable, dries in about an hour and is easier to apply for a diyer. Wish I would have seen this earlier to help you out. Either way, it sounds like you got it done.. If you still have a couple of coats to go you can top coat oil with water finish and you would be able to do several coats in the same day. Anyway, hope this helps a little.
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Thanks Awoodfloorguy, was considering it but preferred the look of the oil based - but since it seems so much easier I might consider it for the next house

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