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Old 04-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
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Had a guy come by and give me a quote to sand my hardwood floors restain a darker color and poly. He quoted me $1,290 for 600 sq ft.

I have a few questions.

Is a water or oil based poly better? He said it was completely up to us but a water based would be a two day job and the oil would be three days. He suggested oil because we have dogs. He also asked if we wanted a matte, semi or high gloss finish. I guess this is just a preference, correct? He said that our stairs were oak and the actual floors were ash wood( i think he said ash). Doe s that make sense that it could be two different types of wood? He said there might be a very very slight color difference from the steps to the floor because of the wood. He uses Duraseal stain. I that a good stain? Any other recommendations? Thank you.

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Dura Seal Gymthane 450 Finish.

The guys are going rip me. When it comes to finishing hardwood floors. Its a personal preference.. I like gymnasium grade.

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Dura Seal Gymthane 450 Finish.

The guys are going rip me. When it comes to finishing hardwood floors. Its a personal preference.. I like gymnasium grade.
Your saying the 450 is good?
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Your saying the 450 is good?

It is excellent. Little expensive but excellent.
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But I doubt your contractor will use Gymthane.

Yes, sheen is personal preference.

Everything the contractor said sounds pretty normal to me. It still comes down to how the guys do the work where the rubber hits the road.
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Had another guy come today and he uses Minwax.
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Guy we use gives the option of oil or water. He claims and I agree with him.
The oil is more durable, And takes longer to dry before light foot traffic and longer before you move the furniture and piano back in.

Most people opt for the water based because of the time. Seems always, not being able to walk on the wood floors gets in the way of using the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.
Is a major inconvenience and go for the shorter dry time.

I myself would find a way to wait for oil, a few days of inconvenience is a very short window over the life of your wood floor finish.
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As to the finish (sheen):


Matte will darken the floor a bit more than Semi-gloss, and more yet than Gloss.

Matte will show the least wear, and Gloss will show the most.



Dogs = Matte finish.
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As to the finish (sheen):


Matte will darken the floor a bit more than Semi-gloss, and more yet than Gloss.

Matte will show the least wear, and Gloss will show the most.



Dogs = Matte finish.
I was told it was the other way around
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Yeah, there are pros and cons either way. A matte finish will tend to get more dirty, but you won't notice scratches as much. A high gloss finish will do well technically, but not aesthetically. You'll notice the scratches. Probably a satin finish is a good compromise.

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I agree, everything the contractor said seems to be accurate. I personally prefer sating finish as do most of our customers. Duraseal is a quality stain, and is made by Minwax. Hope this helps.
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Sounds like a hand-him-the-keys-and-go-on-vacation type of job.

That way, you don't get to experience the smell and inconvenience of the oil-based product and the refinisher doesn't have dogs and you under foot.

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