Oh no, I used slippery polyurethane (oil based) on hardwood floor

Reply

  #1  
Old 12-15-18, 05:59 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 273
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Oh no, I used slippery polyurethane (oil based) on hardwood floor

After sanding the floor (about 600 square feet), I laid down my first coat of polyurethane, am not mentioning the product name. It was oil based and I was told by the nice man in Home Depot that would be fine for hardwood flooring. And it looks great. But it is slippery enough that it is definitely a problem.

For my second coat of oil based polyurethane that I will lay down on top of it, can anyone recommend a product that will not be slippery?

Also, is it really necessary to light sand the first coat to prepare it for the second coat?

Thanks!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 12-15-18, 06:24 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 46,189
Received 132 Votes on 118 Posts
You always want to sand lightly [and remove dust] between coats of poly. That promotes good adhesion along with making for a nicer, smoother job. Finished hardwood floors are always somewhat slick.
 
  #3  
Old 12-15-18, 06:28 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 273
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Marksr, Thx for your reply. About the slipperiness, are you saying that initially the freshly finished floors are more slippery but over time that decreases?
 
  #4  
Old 12-15-18, 06:39 AM
Norm201's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 7,477
Received 74 Votes on 69 Posts
A side note concerning applying poly to floors. Yesterday a customer asked if a sponge roller or fiber roller can be used to apply poly on a hardwood floor. He said a contractor used one on his floor and it's a mess. My first thought was no it cannot be used, but I was at a loss to explain why. The MinWax can says to use a brush or a sponge deck type pad for application.

Not feeling comfortable with my instincts and not clear about the application directions from the can, I called Minwax on the spot and asked their expert.

His reply without hesitation and very matter of fact, do not use a foam or any type of roller to apply poly. Reason is, It's too aggressive and will leave tiny air bubbles. And as Marksr says, you must lightly sand between coats.
 
  #5  
Old 12-15-18, 06:39 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 46,189
Received 132 Votes on 118 Posts
As the poly wears [which will lightly scratch the poly] it will loose some of the slickness. Usually slick hardwood isn't an issue unless you are in stocking feet ..... and maybe a tad careless.


The MinWax can says to use a brush or a sponge deck type pad for application
.
I've seen mohair rollers used with somewhat acceptable results but the best finish is achieved by either brush or a lambswool pad.
 

Last edited by marksr; 12-15-18 at 06:42 AM. Reason: add to Norm's comment
  #6  
Old 12-15-18, 09:32 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 4,482
Received 111 Votes on 102 Posts
I was told by the nice man in Home Depot that would be fine for hardwood flooring
OMG another classic mistake, taking advice from a part time person who's job is stocking shelves!

Its getting so bad at these stores they cant even tell you where items are located.

Was looking for muratic acid, we were standing in the cement/block area, guy said he was sure it was in the paint department, right at the same time that I picked up a gallon!
 
  #7  
Old 12-15-18, 10:03 AM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 415
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Yes, sand between coats then clean up the sanding dust. Rust o leum or minwax are fine. Do not use a fast drying. Use a brush or pad to apply. I punch two holes in the can lid then pour it out on the floor working parallel to the flooring in about 24" applications. Overlapping slightly. The final (3rd) coat I use a satin finish. I want to highlight the beauty of the wood but not the imperfections you would see with gloss or semi-gloss.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: