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Old 05-18-2018, 09:05 PM   #1
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Has anyone used Rust-Oleum Oil-Based Polyurethane for wood floors?


I'm preparing to refinish my upstairs bedroom & closet floors (about 240sqft).

I've done a lot of testing with wood samples and trips to my local paint store. I concluded that Minwax Oil-based Semi-gloss Polyurethane gave me the results I wanted. (See Attached, right hand side of sample)

Today my local ReStore (a discount builder supply store run by Habitat for Humanity) posted a new shipment of "Rust-Oleum Oil-Based Polyurethane for Floors" in 5 gal buckets for $50 each. Buckets are new and unopened.

I've not seen Rust-Oleum poly in stores. Just their Varathane which is wicked-expensive. Perhaps its the same as THIS, but rebranded?

I am hesitant to drop my testing for a bargain, but $50/5 gal seems hard to pass up considering I plan on also refinishing my downstairs (650sqft rounded up) within the next year as well.

Is the Rust-Oleum a worthwhile bargain to jump on? Otherwise I'll just stick to what I've tested.
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I've not used it but at that price I'd be willing to try. While some oil base polys preform better than others, they all out preform most water based polys. Any way to tell how old that poly is?
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In my testing, the Oil-based polys performed way better than the water-based too.

ReStore is kinda like the Goodwilll™ of building supplies and get donations from other builder supply stores. They check everything and wouldn't sell it if it wasn't good. Often their stock gets diverted to their construction projects (I volunteer a few times a month). A few months ago, I got a great deal on a 5 Gal of SW primer. It needed some hearty mixing, but I've had no problems with it.

I'll check it out when they open later today. What's the shelf-life of an oil-based poly?
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It depends on how it's been stored along with how it's formulated. I've had some that would go bad within a month after opening the can but I have had some last for years.
I'd shake the can to make sure it sounds/feels fluid and plan on straining the poly just to be safe.
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Shake a 5gal? I'm not THAT strong!

These are brand new in unopened pails.
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All you need to do is tip the bucket back and forth so you can tell if there is movement.
There is probably a way to determine when it was manufactured but I don't know ... probably some sort of code on the can.
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I would recommend a professional grade product as they'll hold up a lot better. My preferred oil based polyurethane is Bona Woodline. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.
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