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Jelizuba

05:58AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 07/13/04
10 lifetime posts
I am in the process of refinishing some wood floors.

I have read that if the desired result is a satin or semi gloss sheen- that it is good to use gloss polyeurethane for the first 2 coats and then switch to a satin or semi gloss. This is because the gloss eurethane is harder and helps to prevent the muddy look that using multiple coats of satin poly can cause. (I am using oil based by the way)

I just wondered if anyone here has tried this and if this is in fact a good idea.

Also, i wondered how having the 2 coats of gloss affects the look of the final coat.

If I use satin at the end, will the floors look satin? Or somewhere in between gloss and satin?


Piffin

10:16AM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
two of gloss and one top coat of satin will give you a great finish with a satin look.

Gloss has more solids in it so you get a deeper, longer wearing layer of protection for the wood. All poly is gloss to start, then it is cut down with a de-glosser to get varying amts of lower sheen.

Excellence is its own reward!


MistressEll

02:16PM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
360 lifetime posts
Too Cool! Thanks for answering OP's post, I was hoping for the answer myself, as soon as the weather is warmer I'll be tackling this very project myself, and was wondering the exact same thing, as I didn't want my stairs to blind me with their fantastic gloss glare but didn't want a milky three coat satin look either. Thanks loads!


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