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Old 02-25-2008, 05:36 AM
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Has anyone used this - is it as good as oil based polyurethane?

Supposed to be harder and I suppose cheaper and easier to install.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:48 AM
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Ask your question here.

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/forums/

Very helpfull folks. They'll know everything about any product you may have a question about.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:20 AM
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Stick with the oil based. Much better penetration and adhesion. On a side note, when I redid my kitchen, I tried water based contact cement to make my counter tops. Worst move ever for me . The adhesive properties dont hold up.

Did my dining room oak floor with oil based poly 7 years ago. Still looks great.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:08 AM
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I have used both, I think the water based looks better and is more durable, the only downside is it takes twice the number of coats, I had to do 6 coats to match 3 coats of oil. It has no toxic odor which is a real plus if you are living in the house at the time. I have 2 good sized dogs and the floors done with oil based show a lot more scratches than the water based.
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MacCTD - 2/25/2008 11:08 AM

I have used both, I think the water based looks better and is more durable, the only downside is it takes twice the number of coats, I had to do 6 coats to match 3 coats of oil. It has no toxic odor which is a real plus if you are living in the house at the time. I have 2 good sized dogs and the floors done with oil based show a lot more scratches than the water based.
What he said...

After 7 years our dining and living room floor still look great with normal traffic and one black lab. I used Behr water based and did 6 coats over a 12 hour day, no smell, looks like skim milk when you apply it, dries in about 90 minutes
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:44 PM
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I like the Varathane "Diamond" Polyurethane.

Its water based and has a really hard finish. I also like the fact that water based formulas don't yellow over time.
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I used the water based poly and it was 99% as good as oil, but 100% easier and 200% less stinky.

I was able to put 7 coats on in just under 2 days... My research before doing the project showed many floor refinishers also use water based and claim it to be as durable too.
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I used a water based on our new maple floors on our boat about 5 years ago. It was called "Street Shoe" and has held up very well. I'll use it again.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:43 AM
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Thanks to all!

Once again this proves....The best reason to ask these non boating-realted here is because there is no bias in answers from members. Also, all the other sites I have been on have either been manufacturers sites in disguise, or there is just no volume and you have to wait weeks to get an answer - also when you sign-up you get spam. Then there the sites where you have to be a computer wiz just to get past the first page. But most of all I have used this advice over the years and it has been right on in almost every case.
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Can small areas (2' x 2') of the floor be sanded or must the entire room be done ?

What is the best method of sanding ?

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Heck I can even answer both of these questions.
- you can sand any size of your floor you want to, you can even leave some for tomorrow if you'd like.
- generally the best results come from sanding with sand paper.
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