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floor pros please help

Posted by typeprof (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 3, 10 at 10:50

I have just installed rift only white oak floors that need to be finished. I am not a huge oak fan, but thought the rift was less grainy and it was a good compromise for my marriage ;-)

I thought I might use Waterlox to finish based on reviews here, but I am running out of time before the cabinets come (nowhere to store them) and we have to live in the house while this happens. I would like a chestnut colored floor, but the samples I have tried make this beautiful wood look like a "gunstock" sample from Lowes! It really calls out the grain and looks sort of lifeless.

What brand of stains do you recommend that I can use with a waterbased sealer? Which waterbased sealers look best (not plasticy)? Is there a stain that I can mix into the sealer that will tint the floor without having the heavy grain pop out of the wood so boldly? I am looking for the best possible results in a limited time frame with low fumes...I know, wishful thinking.

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RE: floor pros please help

Rift sawn white oak has medullary rays that are prominent features of the wood and cannot be negated because they are characteristic of the wood. If these are not pleasing to you, you would have done better using a different wood.
As for the stain and finish, I use the Bona Kemi stains and their Traffic clear finish. This is not available at home stores. You will have to purchase it at a business that sells to professional installers. You can go on line and get the specifics on this product. There are other products out there that are proprietary floor finishes that are also good but I don't use a fits all finish.

RE: floor pros please help

I agree with the above.

Rift sawn white oak finished well is an outstandingly beautiful floor.

RE: floor pros please help

I love a natural white oak. I wanted it in my living room...well, some day I hope.

If you want to see a beautiful natural white oak floor, check out this thread. Scroll down to the photo.

There's a comment in the thread about white oak looking great with a Waterlox finish.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo of new white oak floor

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