Gossy, Semi-Glossy, or Satin Finish?

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Forum topic by AlmostFinished posted 11-15-2011 07:13 PM 1545 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2011 07:13 PM

Soooo, I’m almost finished re-finishing my hardwood floors. I have sanded, sanded, sanded some more, and just finished staining the entire 1,200 square feet of flooring day before yesterday. Now, I’m ready to polyurethane them. My question is…..Gloss, Semi-Gloss, or Satin finish? I was told to use two layers of Glossy then last layer of Satin would make the wear and tear a lot less noticeable. I want it to be a glossy finish, but I have worked really hard and also want it to last as long as it can. Any thoughts or comments welcome! Thanking you in advance

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 07:29 PM

My standard finish is a 50/50 mix of Minwax’s glossy and satin rub on poly. I do other finishes for special situations, but this is my standard way of finishing.

The rub on is thinner and easier to apply. I use a foam brush to apply it and I wipe off the excess within a couple of minutes. Since I am applying a relatively thin layer, I consider 5 coats the minimum for anything that will be subject to wear.

I’m not saying this would be right in your situation. I’ve never finished a floor. But, if I were to finish a floor this is the method I would probably use.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 12:20 AM

I use Waterlox on floors (always). I start with two coats of their sealer followed by 2-3 coats of top coat. I did my first floor with gloss, it was very disappointing, every little imperfection reflects light and ruins the look. Either the semi gloss or the satin will look good. I prefer the satin, it looks more like oil rubbed. But since you prefer a glossier look you might go with semi gloss. Whatever you choose (in my opinion) you can’t beat the Waterlox combo for durability, self leveling and good looks. They offer sample packs to test the look on samples.

-- Ken

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