|Forum topic by Dan Lyke||posted 1980 days ago||27694 views||1 time favorited||15 replies|
1980 days ago
We’re in escrow on a house here in Northern California, a cute little 1947 bungalow and you people who live in real estate markets with sane prices can snicker right now, just to get it out of your system.
The original floors are hardwood, and they seem to be in decent shape, with half of them covered by carpet. So in the week between when we get the house and when we move in, we were hoping to re-sand them and re-finish them. Sanding seems to be a matter of renting a stand-up orbital (even though it’s slower, I’ve read too many reports of deep gouging with a drum sander in inexperienced hands) and just sweating out the time. The finished area of the house is 768 square feet minus the kitchen and bathroom, so probably 500-600. And wherever possible, as we spruce this thing up, we’re trying to do the “pay more up-front so that we don’t have to worry about it for a long time” thing.
Refinishing, on the other hand, doesn’t seem so cut and dried. It seems that we’ve got four options:
I’m leaning towards the water based polyurethane, although that last option is also fairly appealing, but…
How the heck do I choose between brands? I see Minwax and Varathane and who knows what else, and they’re all about the same price (between $40-60/gallon, we’ll probably need 4 gallons for 3 coats, but that price is nothing compared to the labor of doing it in the first place, let alone doing it in a few years once we’re all moved in), and the only differences I can see are ad copy which don’t tell why any particular brand is different.
And I see lots of mentions of the catalyzed finishes, but no actual brand names or sources.
Anyone got experience with this? Brands to get? Brands to avoid? Reasons to choose one over the other?
Do I just go down to the Sherwin-Williams store and ask them?
If it helps anyone recommend a local vendor, we’re moving to Petaluma, California. And if anyone knows a wood floor refinisher who’ll work on that kind of limited schedule, we’re also willing to entertain bids for parts of this process…
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke