Water Based Poly Floor Finish - how to apply!
Ive decided to use Varathane water based floor finish instead of oil based. The description mentions self leveling and I had good luck with the oil version.
SOÃ¢ÂÂ¦ wondering if yall could help me to get informed on how to apply the finish and have it turn out well. I understand it is somewhat different than applying oil which is a bummer bc it took a while to perfect my oil based technique.
Applicator - says to apply with brush or pad. Not supposed to use lambswool pad, so what other kinds of pads are there? I think a brush would be too small. WouldnÃ¢ÂÂt I want something that puts down a good amount of product quickly so I can be working into a wet edge?
Somewhere I read about using foam brush or roller - is that true? DonÃ¢ÂÂt I have to worry about bubbles the same as when applying oil based? Foam brush created LOTS of bubbles with oil based as I recall. There were also the issues with stirring too fast which created bubbles - is it a similar thing with the water based?
Ã¢ÂÂThin coatÃ¢ÂÂ - how thin is thin? I mean I could get a REALLY thin polish on the surface, or I could do a medium amount that creates a nice wet layer but not so much that I flood it or create pools of the stuff.
HereÃ¢ÂÂs my plan:
Finish sanding with 120 grit
Apply Zinsser sealcoat (btw, why do they call this Ã¢ÂÂsanding sealerÃ¢ÂÂ when its put down after sanding?)
Depending on what the wood looks like (its beat up old fir) I may or may not be playing around with paints/stains
Finish coat- however many layers it takes (sanding lightly + tack coat between coats)
Anything youÃ¢ÂÂd add? Any tips, tricks I should be aware of?
BTW - is there much difference between satin and semi gloss in terms of wear?
Thanks in advance - yall were such a great help back in 06 Im hoping youÃ¢ÂÂll come thru for me again!