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Forum topic by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 11-02-2013 12:00 AM 1285 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim & Candy Hicks

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11-02-2013 12:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: protecting wood floor

We live in a modular home and we have wafer board under the carpet, the carpet needs to come out but it will be awhile before we ;ay down hardwood floor. Do you have any suggestions as far as a wood sealer/hardener/protector that we could use on the floor to protect it until the new floor is put down? Also something that is cost effective.

Thanks !!!


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#1 posted 11-06-2013 12:36 AM

Hi, a good varnish or poly that is rated for gym floors would be what I’d suggest. It will cost a bit more than furniture or cabinet grade but should last years if the hardwood gets put off for a while. And a little paste wax and buffing will keep it looking good. You may decide the finished waferboard looks good on its own!

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 01:10 AM

By wafer board I’m assuming you mean particle board. If that’s what you have good luck, it is a terrible building material. It’s primary use is as a substrate for formica and even then any moisture gets to it it disintegrates. On the other hand if you are talking about osb you have a good sub floor which you may still want to seal to make it easier to keep clean. If you have wafer board I’d suggest putting a layer of luan or a similar product over it. Lay down a bead of silicone on top of the wafer board at the joints and lay the luan in that to help prevent moisture penetration. Any urethane will be sufficient for short term use. Personally I’d use a water based urethane rated for floors to keep down odor. Oil based poly stinks.

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 05:10 AM

I’m thinking “wafer board’ is s another name for “oriented strand board”?

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