water based poly finish for red oak


Old 02-16-10, 03:23 PM
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water based poly finish for red oak

I'd like to use a satin oil based poly finish for red oak floor but the fumes are just ridiculous....I have a desk drying downstairs for 4 weeks and it still smells too much. so I was thinking of water based poly...can I get a low gloss
in this..??? I dont like the plastic hi gloss look...
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Old 02-16-10, 03:27 PM
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Generally a water based poly's shine is a little less than the shine of it's oil base counterpart. Both come in gloss, semi-gloss and satin.

One thing to consider though is while oil base poly will deepen the colors already in the wood, water based poly will not. If you want the water based to come out the same color as similar wood coated with oil poly - you would need to use a stain first. To get an idea, wet some oak with paint thinner and notice the color while it's still wet, that's what oil poly will do. Waterbased poly will give the wood a sheen but won't change the color any.

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