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12-25-2008 02:46 AM  8 years agoPost 1
lfalsetto

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I have about 1500 sq ft of oak hardwood flooring in the house. I am now thinking of having the office and 2 bedrooms done. My question i if I went with waterbased Poly is it as good or should I put up with the smell and go with Oil based?

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12-25-2008 03:13 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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WATER BASE

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12-25-2008 03:46 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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Oil base will be better for the long run. More durable and thicker then water base. Cost for the good stuff is about $50 a gallon but well worth it if you plan to stay a while.

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12-25-2008 05:04 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Greg McFadden

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If you can stay out of the house till the smell is gone and then stay out a few more days and keep it well ventilated, the oil base is amazingly tough.

If you can not, however, the fumes are nasty as hell... remember that you only live once and can not take it with you (probably)

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12-25-2008 05:28 PM  8 years agoPost 5
jcrack_corn

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most of the above really isnt true!

Water based floor finishes have caught up in durability to oil for at least the past 5 years...the pros do not mess with the oil based stuff anymore for the most part..

now, not all waterbased are the same, but the ones with cross-linked resins, etc are certainly AS HARD as oil based and dry in 10 mins with no odor....you cant buy them at H&me Depot or Lowes though....have to go to a real sub supplier. Home store stuff uses acrylic bases that are much softer than oil and will wear much faster, but that is not pro-grade waterbased finish.

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