The information available about wood finishes is vast and sometimes confusing. However, be clear on this as the finish will not cover any turning mistakes, torn grain, tool marks or sanding scratches. In fact, most finishes will accent them and make them all the more obvious. Find out more wood finish secrets here.
Neither will the finish stop the natural aging process that makes all wood change color with the passing of time on exposure to air and sunlight. This process can be slowed down with various UV inhibitors, and for a short period of time we will have the illusion that the process has stopped. However, over time, these inhibitors will lose their effectiveness, and over the years the wood will still turn dark.
There is nothing that can be put on wood to make it into something that it is not; waterproof. It will never have the properties of glass, ceramic, or plastic. However, your trained professional wood floor restorer will provide you with valuable information so that you are equipped to achieve the best-possible result.
Untreated wood acts like a sponge and will absorb anything spilled on it. A glass of red wine spilled on a finished table will be no issue but had that wood been untreated it would be stained permanently.
The most successful wood finish will be determined by the care taken in preparing the wood surface to accept the finish.
Wax is the time-tested, old-fashioned way to refinish wood floors and was routinely used before polyurethanes became available. Both paste and liquid versions are making a comeback with homeowners who want a mellow, low-sheen look. It’s applied by hand working small areas at a time and is also easy to touch up so ongoing maintenance is simple.
Polyurethanes are today’s standard floor finish. Water-based varieties used to have a reputation for being eco-friendly but not as durable as regular polyurethanes. However, today’s water-based polys are nearly as tough as their oil-based cousins. One difference is final color: water-based polys dry clear; oil-based polys have a slight tint.
It is important to remember that product formulations have come on leaps and bounds in the recent years. This is allowing wood restoration experts to achieve a longer-lasting finish with confidence. Their insight and experience will allow them to offer advice on a tailored finish.
Did you know that the best-served professionals offer a bespoke finish, if required? This is certainly something that should be considered if you have specific requirements that cannot fit with a standardized product.
The above information is provided in order to leave you in a position to be informed about wood finishes and varying elements that sometimes individuals are unaware of. Whilst it is important to have an overall understanding, your trained professional will be on hand to offer in-depth and tailored advice throughout the floor sanding project.