Floor sealant?!

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Jakehan, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Jakehan

    Jakehan New Member

    hey everyone.

    I’ve used scaffolding boards as a floor in my shop. The shop is 10m x 5m. I’ve sanded the whole floor with 60grit and will soon be 120grit. Any idea what I can use to seal or varnish the floor that won’t cost the earth??? I was thinking some kind of decking oil or am I mad?
     
  2. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    How hard wearing do you need it to be?
    If a few people will be wandering around on it in slippers or socks, then I would use Danish oil.
    If more people will be strolling around it or if dogs will be playing on it, you need something hard wearing like a two part polyurethane varnish.
     
  3. Jakehan

    Jakehan New Member

    It will mainly be people popping and wandering around. It’s a fireplace shop so won’t have hundreds of people in weekly. Doesn’t have to look like a brand new floor. We have gone for that rustic worn look. Just something to protect it slightly so we can wipe muddy footprints off or spillages.
     
  4. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    Danish oil in that case.
     
  5. KEVIN NAIRN

    KEVIN NAIRN Member

    Sorry to disagree but an oiled or waxed floor either softwood or hardwood, has NO protection against dirt. I laid a solid oak floor in a lounge and kitchen a few years ago. In a few weeks the kitchen floor was filthy. I had to sand all the oil off inc the lounge, and gave it 2 coats of Sadolin PV67, a 2 pack varnish. It comes in matt, satin or gloss. For high traffic areas I would use gloss, easier to clean and won't be shiny for long. 2 pack varnishes are much more durable than out of a can. A lot of people here recommend oil or wax for floors - rubbish! A good flooring company always uses 2 pack varnish like on pub countertops. Use a 9" short pile roller in a paint tray to apply. As soon as the first coats dried, apply the second coat. Hope this helps, Kevin
     
  6. KEVIN NAIRN

    KEVIN NAIRN Member

    For some reason, I don't know why, varnish has now been demonised. Oh no, don't use varnish! Oil and wax are ok for furniture, not for high traffic floors (such as a gym or baseball court) What's the substitute for Yacht Varnish for boats?
     

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