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Forum topic by Fettler posted 12-06-2015 08:42 AM 670 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Fettler

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12-06-2015 08:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: polyurethane cold weather low odor floor finish

I’m not a big poly fan, varnishes and lacquer are my go to. Being winter time, it’s too cold and humid for most finishes. Having to finish indoors I prefer poly.

I’ve been using Crystallfin from Dalys in Seattle but I imagine there are better products on the market. I need to finish some stair treads so I need something durable. What makes a good poly?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 12-06-2015 12:43 PM

I’d suggest GF Endurovar, but there are several good brands on the market. Just for the record, in most cases waterborne finishes are acrylic resin. Some of the companies have come to realize there is some marketing magic in the word “polyurethane” (thanks, Norm) and so add a small dollop of to the mix so they can put it on the label.

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#2 posted 12-06-2015 12:57 PM

Rob, you could look at Target's EM9300. It is available at Miller Paint in Seattle. Ask them about using it on stair treads because it might be too slippery for treads unless you add some grit to it. FWIW

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 06:35 PM

Fred, that’s really close to what I’m looking for. I like that is cross-linked but the only problem is that I’m using it on Maple. I don’t really want to add amber hues.

AandC, looking at the material data sheet is looks like that produce is 45% acrylic and might not be durable enough for a floor application. Good call on the slippery consideration. I’ll probably end up adding either grip tape or some grit to the finish.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 07:01 PM

I don’t know that it’s the best, but I’ve used Minwax Polycrylic for years even though I don’t care much for most Minwax products this has been a good clear finish that’s easy to use.

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#5 posted 12-06-2015 07:27 PM

I have recently tried the min wax polycrylic and liked it. I read it did not spray well but did not find that to be the case. I also like GF high performance, have not used the endurovar.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 12-06-2015 09:05 PM

The GF High Performance does not (I think) have the amber tinting to mimic oil based finishes. It also has UV inhibitors, which isn’t all that pertinent for the use in question.

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 09:53 PM

Sounds like you want a water clear waterborne product. I would not worry one way or the other about the small dollop of polyurethane Fred mentioned as long as it water clear.

I would call Jeff at Target Coating and take to him. I’ve talk to him a few time and He’d very helpful and easy to talk to.

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I have heard some really good stuff about the Bona brand floor finishes. The are clear and water borne. Might be worth your time the check them out. Expensive yes.

https://www.google.com/search?q=water+borne+floor+finish&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=waterborne+floor+finish&tbm=shop&spd=4890577446025658900

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 01:39 AM

No doubt, Enduro-Var.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 01:54 AM



No doubt, Enduro-Var.

- ThomasChippendale

The OP said ”I’m using it on Maple. I don’t really want to add amber hues”.

Endouro-Var leaves an amber look.

http://www.cshardware.com/wood-products/finishes/interior/polyurethane/gf-gvs.html?gclid=CNX0yeXQyMkCFYNBfgodCn4BmA

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 02:13 AM

I’ve used it on maple and the light amber hue does not show at all, if you are concerned, use GF other clear finishes but all finishes will have a hue. See here on birds eye maple:

-- PJ

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#11 posted 12-10-2015 10:12 PM

Nice thanks for all the replies. Bona traffic or Glitza products (since I’m in Seattle) look pretty good but definitely expensive. I ended up with a PolyAcrylic finish. Took 6 hours to do 3 coats. I was probably over thinking the foot traffic.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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