Tung Oil on Titaniam Oxide Flooring

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09-16-2010 06:56 PM

I just installed a reclaimed maple bought from a commercial distributor.
It is an engineered floor with a titaniam oxide finish.
It is in a high traffic area in a lobby.
It is a beautiful floor, and after a few months , I am sure there will be
some micro scratches in the finish.
I asked the distributor about putting tung oil over the titamium oxide, when
I bought it, and they said “No!”, (because the sales person is told to tell everyone that)
However, if this beutiful floor develops micro scratches, I am afraid that I will have no way
to restore the low-sheen non-scratched appearance. What would tung oil hurt, put
on top of the titanium oxide, anyway, except void the warranty (the warranty doesn’t mean
anything anyway….they won’t replace it even if it gets scratched… so, at least with the tung oil,
I could re-apply the tung oil every 6 mo or so, even if it is on top of the “shell” of titanium oxide.
Again, I am afraid that if I leave it as is…the seams won’t be as waterproof, and also when it gets micro scratches, I will have nowhere to go (but just accept the scratches).

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 08:01 PM

Greetings spent, I’m not familiar with the type of floor you are describing with a titaniam oxide finish…. I guess I’ve never seen one, and if I did, I din’t know what it was….. But if the sales person said not to put tung oil on it, then I certainly woud not do it…Apparently they know best….And tung oil is not good for floors anyway… not enough protection. If you want to protect the wood as best you can, I recommend about 3-4 coats of a good polyeurathane…. They make floor poly(but any poly will do). The more coats you can build up on the floor, the better the protection from scratches and dings, etc. 3—4 coats should do it, but you can look at it, and if you need to put more on, then go for it….But… I would stay away from the t.o.
for that application. Check with a paint store to learn how to apply the finish.

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