I know the basic advantages of water and oil based urethanes. Smell, clean up, coloring. Really want to use water based but I also don't want to redo this floor in three or four years because I took the easy way out in the beginning.
My present project is a Red Oak floor with maple boarder work. I do not want to stain the maple, only the oak. Is taping it the easiest way to avoid the stain from getting into the wood? Any special tapes I should use or not use? Is urethaning the maple before staining a good idea?
I am using Min Wax Early American to stain the floor. I understand this is a good staining product as well it is an oil based stain. Does this mean I must use a oil based urethane?
Does any one know where I can get a report on the quality of the urethane brands. For example Pratt Lamber vs Min Wax vs Sarox. Would be nice if I could get a reliable report on water and oil based products. As well is there a difference in the amount of yellowing that the oil products turn.