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#1 posted 09-16-2016 05:27 PM

-Oil or waterbase stain will make no difference in water resistance or durability.
-Varnish/poly is more water resistant than shellac so the latter serves no purpose except to help prevent blotching but using a gel stain is probably a better idea.
-My understanding is that marine varnish has additional oil to make it more flexible, may also have additional UV protection, but I do not believe it is anymore water resistant than regular varnish/poly. Personally I would just use a waterbase polyurethane for floors but if you are really obsessed with having the very best water resistance then I would look into epoxy, which will be significantly more expensive. A simpler (maybe cheaper) alternative would be to use walnut which is highly rot resistant and an oil base varnish.

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