What is the life expectancy of the polyurethane?
Typically 5-7 years before a refinish in a residential setting. Factors such as traffic and overall care affect the life of the finish.
Can I apply a polyurethane over a WOCA Oil?
Master Color Oil can be topcoated with WOCA Optima or WOCA XP 2K.
1. WOCA Master Color Oil must be fully cured.
2. Damp mop floor with WOCA Intensive Wood Cleaner. Dilute 3 ounces to 1 gallon of water. Let dry at least 1-2 hours.
3. Abrade surface with maroon pad or screen. Vacuum floor.
4. Proceed to rolling out WOCA Optima or WOCA XP 2K.
Diamond Oil Active cannot be top coated with a polyurethane.
Is the oil finish more durable than a polyurethane finish?
No. They are durable in different ways.
Polyurethane is a coating that sits on the top of the wood. It is a barrier that repels water and stains.
A floor finished with polyurethane looks it’s best when it is newly finished. Regular wear and tear break down the film and scratches the coating which usually cannot be repaired. Typically the scratches and damage are there until the entire floor is sanded and refinished several years later.
WOCA Penetrating Oil soaks into the wood pores until it reaches an absorption threshold. The oil finish lives and hardens inside the wood, which protects it from the inside out. Minor scratches and damage from everyday life can be repaired by rubbing in a little more oil to keep your floor looking new at all times. Oil finishes have increased stain and water resistance when cleaned with the recommended cleaning products. Without proper care the floors are more susceptible to stains and water damage. WOCA Oiled floors don’t need to be sanded when it's time for refinishing. It's a dustless refinish- damp mop floor with prep cleaner and apply a maintenance coat of oil.
Is water based finish the same as a polyurethane?
Yes, water based finish and water based polyurethane are synonymous. But, there is also oil based polyurethane.
Polyurethane is a resin system used for coatings, and can be formulated with water or petroleum solvents (oil based).
The quality of different polyurethanes vary. Oil based polyurethane contains high VOC resins, strong fumes, and are prone to yellowing over time, but are less expensive. Water based polyurethane are typically higher quality, do not yellow and are lower in VOCs.