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08-08-2018 01:38 AM

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Ive just finished installing new oak trim throughout my house. Its a 1920 folk Victorian someone had removed all of the original millwork out of. I’m using General Finishes water based die stain, which says I can use any type of finish over it. Any recommendations on what wohld be the best, easiest finish to use? I have aan Earlex spray rig, but dont really want to mask of the whole house, and we are living in the house so I really dont want to use lacquer because of the fumes. Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 06:46 PM

For my money any Polyurethane, or similar like Arm r Seal puts on a finish that is pretty shock resistant, if the floor gets a vacuum run over them, and spills, or mopping won’t mess up, so you can use it house wide, and generally pick the amount of sheen you want to see. Plus on door and window trim they are always getting touched, and it takes repeated handling better than most anything. You can get some Acrylics that hold up better on smaller items, but for wide scale work, Poly is the most practical.

In warm temps you can take it outdoors for the first few coats, and put it on saw horses, dries very quickly that way, and you can then go back and knock off any nibs before a final coat, which you may want to do under cover, and indoors, to keep dust, and “stuff” out of it, though you can still use saw horses on a drop cloth/poly sheet.

If you are living inside, look at low VOC products like these I am really old school, and don’t know of disastrous endings when we used to use “those other finishes” beyond some headache if using them in enclosed, and heated places, but even with that a few days of airing out. and it was ok again. Or at least it seemed to be. I guess that question depends on how “GREEN” you are.

Bummer about the original trim.

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 08:12 PM

”I’ve just finished installing new oak trim throughout my house”

you installed raw, unfinished oak wood trim throughout your house ~ ~ ~
and now you want to finish it – in place – ?? while you are living in the house ?




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