Is there a durable finish that won't alter color?

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Forum topic by king_nickizzle posted 04-26-2017 07:16 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2017 07:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: floors hardwood floors oak stain home

I just finished sanding the floors at our new house, and we’ve decided we want a very light wood. Our current house we are selling has white floors, so we understand the cons of having light floors. That being said, do any of you have recommendations on how to finish these? The raw wood looks just how we want color wise, but obviously there’s no protection. I’ve had luck on woodworking projects using Minwax paste wax, but obviously that isn’t durable enough for floors. My thought was to use Varathane’s water based polyurethane. Given it’s water based I was hoping for minimal color change, but even that looks pretty yellow after drying (top sampled section in image). Is there something that can keep these floors basically exactly how they look now? Perhaps a bleach, or dye of some sort that will lock in the color before adding a sealer?

Something like this is what we are after. A modern, raw, sort of look.


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#1 posted 04-26-2017 07:24 PM

Look at General Finishes. I am not sure they have a floor specific coating, but their water based High Performance tTop Coat is completely clear.


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#2 posted 04-26-2017 08:08 PM

I just finished a white oak cabinet that had a natural finish.
I used water white clear lacquer and it still turned the wood a pinkish color.
A flooring guy recommended “Bona Natural Seal” and it worked perfect to maintain the natural unfinished look.
I can guarantee this is what you need.

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 12:42 PM

Thanks a lot guys!

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