Suitable product for pine plank flooring?

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05-13-2015 10:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish shellac pine floor

Hi Lumberjocks!

I have about 1200 sq ft of pine planks to finish. I will be giving them a Propylene glycol/Boric Acid/Borax treatment (post beetles-may not be an active infestation but want to make sure), I also need to give them a light sanding to even out some uneven spots (long story).

I’ve looked at quite a few pics online and have found a few looks I like, and have included them here.

I would like something that is somewhat low-toxcicity, ideally adds some hardening, isn’t glossy/shiny and isn’t too hard to find (not opposed to making my own stuff but time is a bit tight so box store it is) or overly hard on the bank.

I liked the sounds of using a shellac, any thoughts?


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#1 posted 05-13-2015 11:39 PM

Shellac would not be a good choice for flooring application – it will wear quickly and easily shows water and alcohol stains.

If you are limited to box store products, I’d suggest staining the boards to get the color you want. Then, once the stain is dry, use a finish marked for flooring application. Varathane has a couple (I’ve used both, one an oil-based and the other a water-based) and Minwax has at least one (I’ve not used).

For that size of floor, you’ll probably need at least 5 gallons of product. For best value, look for something that comes in 5 gallon pails.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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