Water 'popping'? Any experience or advice?
I posted several days ago asking questions about Waterlox. I have since then talked to my hardwood installer and he more or less talked me out of Waterlox, mainly because of pricing considerations.
He asked me what I like in theory about Waterlox. I told him we are going for a more natural look on our random width walnut, and I like how it seems to bring out the grain. He suggested that we consider "water popping" the floor before using a water based poly. He said that would enhance the grain and might give me the look I am interested in.
I have tried to research this a bit and it seems to me water popping is used to open up the grain to accept stain better, but I was thinking the natural american walnut wouldn't need a stain. Does water popping make any sense on a floor which will not be stained? Does this seem like a good suggestion from the guy?
Thanks in advance for any advice!