Sep 28, 2009 6:48 pm
We would like to get our floorboards sanded and polished, but aren't sure what would best suit us. We had decided on polyurethane, but I've now realised how bad for the environment it is. I've heard that polyurethane has VOCs in it, like paint does and with a pregnant wife and a toddler I would prefer a safer more natural product.
We were going to get the kitchen renovated and then get the floor sanded/polished, however things have got messed up and we'll have to wait to get the kitchen done at a later point, but would like to get the floors done before we move in. I've read that tung oil is good for situations where you need to redo bits and touchups, whereas the polyurethane is harder to touchup and redo. Since the kitchen will be getting put in later and the cabinets may move from where they are at the moment, it has given me another reason for looking at tung oil.
Anybody been in a similar decision dilemma? Anybody got any links to pictures of tung oiled floorboards compared to polyurethane?
Re: Tung oil or polyurethane?2
Sep 28, 2009 8:20 pm
Most finishers use a water based polyurethane these days that are much more enviromentally friendly
Tung oils are just as pungent on the nose as solvent based polys. Tung oil looks great, a low sheen traditional look but it does cop a hiding with kids and pets etc.
Re: Tung oil or polyurethane?3
Sep 28, 2009 10:04 pm
Tung oil looks great, a low sheen traditional look but it does cop a hiding with kids and pets etc.
I was under the impression that polyurethane would scratch too and was harder to repair when damaged. Is there any truth in that? What about if we need to get an area done because a kitchen cabinet gets moved when we do the kitchen, say a 1mx1m square, is it easy enough to do with either product?
Re: Tung oil or polyurethane?4
Sep 28, 2009 10:24 pm
All timber floors scratch.
Tung oil can be re-applied at any time whilst a poly does require re-sanding.
The fumes associated with tung-oil mean any recoating means being out for a few days which may be impractical
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