Moisture Cure or Fabulon?

Old 08-12-01, 11:34 AM
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In a former residence we used Moisture Cure (can't remember the # of coats, but it certainly wasn't more than 3), and we were very happy with the results. It held up for more than 10 years, even in our most heavily trafficked areas. We are now refinishing floors in a new home (actually a very old home, but new to us). The floors are different throught the house: red oak in the hallways and throughout the first floor rooms, maple in some of the BRs and soft pine in some others. Contractor is recommending a clear stain (which I don't have a problem with) and 2 coats of Fabulon throughout, which he said is used in commercial applications thus proving its superior strength over Moisture Cure. Here are my questions:

1) Is one product really stronger than the other? Will one product last longer than the other given average household traffic? I'm partial to Moisture Cure, based on my positive personal expereince with it, not because I know anything.

2) Any recommendations on # of coats for optimum appearance and durability? Contractor says 2 is all that's needed. But I've read some stuff recently that says 3-4.

3) Do these products perform differently on different woods? Should we use one on the red oak, for example, and the other (or something else altogether) on the pine or the maple?

Thanks very much for whatever guidance you can offer.

Old 08-17-01, 10:20 PM
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Floor finishes

These products you mention are beyond my area of expertise. Thus, you should contact the manufacturers direct for specifications and warranties. Most folks who refinish or finish hardwood in their homes, apply at least 3 coats of water-based polyurethane. Oil-based tends to be recommended more for durability, but the inconvenience of the smell and longer drying time tends to make water-based more popular. As far as brand names go, forum posters tend not to lean toward one brand.

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