We did refinished this 1960s oak hardwood floors last week in Shoreview. We do a lot more oil then water because customers seem to like the look of oil a little more, but this will give you a general idea of what water base finishes look like on oak. If you compare it to pictures of oil the first thing to notice is in the difference in color. You can see the water base is a lot lighter and has less red tones through the wood. It is almost whitish.
See the picture on the oil base? See the reddish in the grain? There is also a little more brown showing. It is a little harder to see because the poly is not dry in this picture. The owners wanted to do water because they already had water finish in two of the bedrooms and they weren’t going to sand those. They just like that lighter look better too. So we cut it down, buffed and put three coats down. Water dries fast. In about two hours. So I put two coats down the first day and then came back the second day and buffed out the floors really well because you get more grain raise with water then oil, and then I put another coat down. If you have any hardwood floor refinishing needs in Minneapolis, St Paul or Shoreview give me a call. We would love to help you out. Thanks. Call 612-423-0202 for a estimate.
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