Polyurithanes regular vs for floors

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Forum topic by SuperDave02 posted 10-29-2012 07:14 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2012 07:14 PM

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The minwax poly costs about 10 dollars more than the gallon of poly that says it is for floors. I expect it would be harder and more durable, but thats just a guess. Does anybody know what the main differences between the two?

-- David South FLorida

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 04:29 PM

Hard to answer your question because other than recoat times and VOC’s Minwax poly whether oil or waterborne dry in 24 hours. Minor differences in chemical ingredients may affect how apply & actual cure times. Other than checking ingredients on can label or product MSDS not sure how to tell differences.

Prices vary between brands, Cabot & Rut-Oleum less expensive while Varathane and other brands maybe more expensive.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 04:40 PM

I was told before that a floor polyurethane has better abrasion resistance than standard polyurethane finishes. If I’m remembering what the guy told me correctly, the floor poly has a slight abrasiveness to it of its own, to help with traction, which helps with resisting wearing as well.

That’s information that I gathered from the local Rockler finishes guy, when I was inquiring about finish for a table that will have a sewing machine on it.

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 02:25 AM

You can’t compare unnamed products. What is it you are comparing?

Note: Polyurethane is an ingredient NOT a product. Everything thing that contains polyurethane is NOT the same.


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#4 posted 10-31-2012 03:10 AM

I suspect the floor finish is thinner, so it runs out better. It isn’t designed to hang on vertical surfaces. That’s my .02. I sense there is a lot more wisdom in the preceding posts than in this one. Reader beware!



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