red pine floor getting refinished need some help

trinity_2010February 8, 2011

the floor guy called it red pine, it kinda looks normal pine but its a bit harder and and has very dark reddish veins in it, its from around 1935, what are the the none poly ways to finish it? the floor guy recommends 3 coats oil based with i dont want to use for obvious reasons and dont like the look of the water based...what else can i do?

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You can stain with an oil based stain and then apply a waterborne polyurethane. This will give you the look you're after with much less VOC (volatile organic content) load, although most floor stains have a high VOC content by themselves. I have stained heart pine with Bona DriFast stain and then topcoated with Bona Traffic Satin and have gotten very attractive results.

You can consider the Waterlox system, although if odor is your prime concern, then research thre pros and cons of using that. Hard wax oil, of which I have no experience using, may be another option for you.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 10:46AM
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