Varathane oil-based polyurethane alternative


Old 05-01-17, 05:05 PM
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Varathane oil-based polyurethane alternative

I just found out that California has banned the Verathane oil-based polyurethane that I was planning to use on the plywood floor in my shed. Does anyone know of a Calif legal product that's as durable and long lasting as the oil-based polyurethane and gives the flooring an "amber tint"?
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Old 05-01-17, 08:55 PM
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Short answer is no. Oil based products are sometimes superior and I believe polyurethane is one of them but you can't get them in CA.
Old 05-02-17, 04:57 AM
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I'd suggest going to your local paint store [not paint dept] and discussing it with them. I have no idea what is available [or not] in California. With hardwood if you want the amber look without using an oil base poly you need to apply a light stain first.

Personally while I'd want the shed floor to have some protection I wouldn't be overly concerned with the look.
Old 05-29-17, 01:33 PM
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Update: I ended up using a light stain followed by four coats of water-based polyurethane (Varathane brand). After almost a month of fairly heavy use it seems to be holding up well and I'm happy with the appearance.

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