I refinished my oak hardwood floors, in the living and dining room, about 3 years ago. I used the following Minwax Products:
- Minwax Wood Finish - Oil based stain (used a 50/50 blend of two diffent colors to get the look I wanted. And when I say "I" I mean my wife )
- Water-based Minwax Polycrylic - 4 coats!
I used Polycrylic because Minwax didn't have their water-based floor poly available at the time, which is designed for higher traffic. After 3 years, with 3 young kids, my floor still looks great. i might need to put another coat of finish on it soon, but that only takes a couple of hours with a water based product.
I choose oil stain, because it's impossible to use water-based stain on large areas and not have lap marks. With oil, you can work by yourself and not worry about that. Though you need to let it dry a little longer if finishing with a waterborne poly.
I choose water poly because of dry time...it's a few hours before you can walk on it, and only a couple of days before you can put furnature on it, and a week before rugs. Oil is MUCH
longer. You have to wait several weeks before putting rugs down!