Floor Varnish Question

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Paul Waites, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Paul Waites

    Paul Waites Guest

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask a couple of questions about varnishing a floor..

    I have sanded back my dining room floorboards using 60 grit as
    recommended in my DIY books, (fixed the vandalism that the plumbers did
    when they fitted the central heating - why do they just rip up the
    boards) and am not ready to varnish the floor.

    As I've no reference to go on do folk recommend a gloss, silk or matt
    finish?

    Also I have an 18month old and want to avoid subjecting him to the usual
    varnish stink that many of the polyurethane varnishes give off... Do any
    of the brands give of less toxic fumes?

    Thanks for any advice,

    Regards,

    Paul.
    Paul Waites, Jan 29, 2008
    #1
  2. Paul Waites

    Stuart Noble Guest

    Paul Waites wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I would like to ask a couple of questions about varnishing a floor..
    >
    > I have sanded back my dining room floorboards using 60 grit as
    > recommended in my DIY books, (fixed the vandalism that the plumbers did
    > when they fitted the central heating - why do they just rip up the
    > boards) and am not ready to varnish the floor.
    >
    > As I've no reference to go on do folk recommend a gloss, silk or matt
    > finish?
    >
    > Also I have an 18month old and want to avoid subjecting him to the usual
    > varnish stink that many of the polyurethane varnishes give off... Do any
    > of the brands give of less toxic fumes?
    >
    > Thanks for any advice,
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Paul.


    Only 2 options IMO

    Rustins acid catalysed varnish. Horrendous fumes but very short lived (a
    couple of hours at most). Crystal clear finish, 100% water resistant and
    virtually indestructible. Apply with a rag to avoid the high gloss look.

    Water based acrylic. Little smell, but what there is hangs around
    longer. Slightly cloudy, plasticky appearance, and not as hard wearing
    or waterproof.
    Stuart Noble, Jan 29, 2008
    #2
  3. Paul Waites

    Guest

    On 29 Jan, 13:59, Paul Waites <> wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I would like to ask a couple of questions about varnishing a floor..
    >
    > I have sanded back my dining room floorboards using 60 grit as
    > recommended in my DIY books, (fixed the vandalism that the plumbers did
    > when they fitted the central heating - why do they just rip up the
    > boards) and am not ready to varnish the floor.
    >
    > As I've no reference to go on do folk recommend a gloss, silk or matt
    > finish?
    >
    > Also I have an 18month old and want to avoid subjecting him to the usual
    > varnish stink that many of the polyurethane varnishes give off... Do any
    > of the brands give of less toxic fumes?
    >
    > Thanks for any advice,
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Paul.


    I use OSMO Poly-X. It's an oil/wax finish so isn't quite as
    hardwearing as acid-cat, or indeed plain old poly or acrylic, but it
    is pretty impressively tough for a drying oil finish. The great
    advantage which more than compensates for what it lacks in ultimate
    toughness is that it is patch repairable and recoatable, so when it
    wears, you just brush some more finish on, and wipe off - at most with
    a gentle sanding with high grit first.

    With the others, the bits that take the worst battering will last
    longer, but when they do get scratched up etc, you have to sand the
    whole floor down to remove the finish and start again. Boring.

    The other advantage of Poly_X is that it looks nicer - more 'natural',
    as it isn't a thick plastic coating which the others (especially water
    borne acrylics) tend to look like, to some degree. It's expensive, but
    then so is acid-cat.
    , Jan 29, 2008
    #3
  4. Paul Waites

    Paul Waites Guest

    Cheers for the replies. something to think about there. I like the idea
    of a more natural finish... Thats why I asked about the gloss,matt
    finish. Many do have quite a plasticy look.

    Cheers,

    Paul.
    Paul Waites, Jan 29, 2008
    #4

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