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semi-gloss water-based poly for hardwoods. How shiny?

Posted by buffswife (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 21:30

I have been told by my flooring person that the water based poly by bona is the same shine as the oil based poly which is generally called "satin". Would love everyone's input. Thanks

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RE: semi-gloss water-based poly for hardwoods. How shiny?

I have an idea. Why don't you ask your flooring person to apply some to a piece of flooring so you can judge for yourself? If he balks get you a new floor person.

RE: semi-gloss water-based poly for hardwoods. How shiny?

Check the manufacturer's product data sheet (or call their help line to ask.) Sheen is measured on a 0-100 scale. Below 5 is usually considered dead flat, and 85+ full gloss (glosses higher than that need buffing). There is no uniform definition of "semi-gloss" or "satin" either between brands or between different products of the same brand. Even then, there are manufacturing variances and you will normally get a number range, something 45-50 sheen for a specific product.

For example, Bona's Traffic Anti-Slip Satin has as spec:
Satin sheen of 25 at 60° ( 60° being the viewing angle (angle of incidence))

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample

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