Where do I find penetrating sealers?

Old 06-20-01, 08:16 AM
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On this website, under wood floor finishing, penetrating sealers are listed as the most common finish on residential floors. Comparing the attributes of this type of finish with the others listed, I have determined that this finish would be best for my circumstances. However, I have been to several paint stores and no one seems to know what it is. They mostly recommend polyurethanes, but I know from experience that this is not what is best for me. Thanks for any help/advice!
Old 06-30-01, 05:00 AM
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You're right. I went back to that area and read it myself. I don't know who or why they wrote it but it just adds to the confusion. It sounds like they were treating an outdoor wooden deck. In that case there are penetrating sealers.
Indoor wood floors, other than soft pine-like woods rarely get any typr of sealer applied first. Pine may get a "sanding selaer" which only helps even the stain application.
The best, and most common finish, is polyurethane. And in the past few years they have become faster drying and some manufacturers have made their finish slightly harder. It is still recognized as the best all-around finish available.
Why have you decided not to use poly??
Old 07-01-01, 01:13 PM
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Thank you so much for trying to help me. I don't want to use the poly because it wears in heavy traffic areas and can't be touched up without being obvious. I would have to redo the whole area. With the penetrating sealer your supposed to be able to do touch ups. I finally found something that sounds like it will work, it's called floor-fin, or something like that. I'm going to try it and see how it works. It'll be quite a while before I know, though. Write me again if you like!
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Polyurethane, the most popular floor finish today, provides a protective coating on the surface. The penetrating finishes are oils that are absorbed into the wood fibers. When waxed, they have a matte or satin finish. I believe part of the appeal of the poly finishes is that they don't require waxing. From the repair standpoint, repairs to poly finishes may be beyond the abilities of the do-it-yourselfer. Minor repairs on sealed and waxed floors for such problems as minor stains and scratches can be easily buffed out with fine steel wool and the area rewaxed. Sealed and waxed floors should not be damp mopped and poly finished floors should not be waxed.

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