Straw Barry

03:58AM | 04/15/03
Member Since: 04/12/03
2 lifetime posts
I have just had an antique heart pine floor intstalled on the upper floor of my home. I am looking for a finish which will give it protection yet be in harmony with this old farmhouse - soft and not too shiny. What type of product am I looking for? The installers suggested something that gives a mirror look, which I really don't want (too modern). TIA


10:48AM | 04/15/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Any type of finish comes in different levels of glossiness: from a dull, satin finish to a shiney glossy finish. If you are consulting with pros, just insist on a low-gloss finish.

Polyurethane has been the standard for the past twenty years. Aluminum Oxide is replacing it, especially on pre-finished flooring, because it last longer and provides as good if not better protection with a thinner coat. But it also is not nearly as easy to apply. It sounds like it might be more of what you are looking for, but it will be more expensive to apply in home.

You also might want to consider using an penetrating oil finish, in addition to the polyurethane. I have used it under polyurethane, and it created a really supple, low-gloss, luminous finish. You need to use oil-based polyurethane if you do so, though, because water-based poly will not adhere to the oil finish.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited April 15, 2003).]


09:04PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Oil based poly is the way to go, in a satin finish

Oil finish brings out the rich, warm amber tones of the heart pine. Putting a water based poly on it makes it lok like plastice which I am sure is not why you invested in this flooring.

For a reallly soft antique look, use a penmetratiing rubbing oil such as a Watco or Tung oil. This will be very time consuming though. It is easier to touch up again in the future



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

The “Briolette” faceted glass sink from Kohler measures 17.5” wide and is sure to catch the eye—as it does the light. $707.50 Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon