Oil-based is generally the most common surface finish and is easy to apply. It is a petroleum base with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film-forming ingredients that produce a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. It is a solvent-based polyurethane that dries in about eight hours. This type of finish ambers with age and is available in different sheen levels.
Water-based is a waterborne urethane with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produce a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. These finishes are clear and non-yellowing and are different sheen levels. They have a milder odor than oil-modified finishes have, and they dry in about two to three hours. Water-based urethanes are generally more expensive and will require a minimum of 3 coats be applied because they are generally a little thinner than other finish types.
(also known as conversion varnish) is a two-component extremely durable, low-maintenance finishing option, known for its superior clarity and wood grain enhancing qualities. A wood floor finished with Swedish finish glows rich and warm, maximizing the natural beauty of your floor. An excellent choice for domestic woods and oily exotic species, this finish is engineered to be extremely durable, minimizing the appearance of scratches due to its flexibility and unique chemistry–a perfect option for high-traffic and every day residential use.