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CuCullin 11-16-2007 11:05 AM

Clear Hardwood Floor Finish With Buildup
 
In my house, there used to be carpet throughout - underneath was beautiful hardwood floors on the first floor.

In the stairwell up to the second floor, and the hallway on the second floor, the original wide-plank flooring is uncovered by carpet - and I like it this way. the bedrooms I'm putting in carpet (theres a plywood subfloor in both), but I want to preserve the stairwell and hallway's nice planks. So in those areas, I'd like to put on a clear finish that I can build up.

Its only me and my girlfriend in the house, so not much traffic other than our dog. I'm ok with anything from a satin finish to a glossy finish, either way I think the floor will look fantastic - but I definitely want a built up coat over the original floor. So, any recommendations on product? Minwax I saw has a product for floors - http://www.minwax.com/products/prote...super-fast.cfm - is it worthwhile? Any others to look at?

Thanks for any info :)

PK. 11-16-2007 04:25 PM

Check out the Varathane.

poppameth 11-16-2007 06:39 PM

About the only difference in a normal polyurethane and a floor polyurethane is that they shoot Japan Drier in it to make it dry faster and double the price. Especially with the Minwax products. I've heard a lot of people use Varathane though I've never carried it and I haven't looked into it too much. A regular high build polyurethane is really all you need. Or an acrylic floor urethane if you want to avoid any ambering over time.

CuCullin 11-18-2007 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by poppameth (Post 74363)
A regular high build polyurethane is really all you need. Or an acrylic floor urethane if you want to avoid any ambering over time.

Thats what I picked up - thanks! I looked at Varathane, but WOW was it pricey. Since my floor has an amber color to it already, I'm ok with high build polyurethane - now I just need to find a few hours without a girlfriend, dog, or work so I can get the job done ;)

Thanks again


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