Water Based Varnish Or Oil Based Varnish?
Oil based varnishes have been in big demand for over 100 years. But it appears the time of this type of varnish has come to an end. Many people use water based floor varnishes now. Why?
The techniques for sanding and preparation of floors have not changed too much in the past few years apart from the invention of dustless floor sanding machines. After the floor is prepared it will require varnishing. If you opt for an oil based varnish you will have to expect long drying times, usually 24-48 hours, a heavy oil smell for a long time and a great fire danger. If you just had your floor sanded and varnished with oil based varnishes make sure that you do not use an open fire. Oil is flammable and will burn very easily. The oil based varnishes will build a nice glazing on the floor with long lasting results. Even with the water based varnishes on the rise there are still many people that will only go for oil based varnishes.
Water based varnishes are trending now. It looks cool and it is very durable. The main advantage of water based varnishes is the fast drying time. What used to be a 3 day job can now be done in one day. There are a few well known brands and a wide variety of colours and types out there. Water based varnishes come in matte, extra matte, satin, gloss and invisible finish. Yes you read right, invisible finish. This finish will only protect your floor like any other type of varnish but the floor will look like it was not treated at all.
Both types of floor varnishes have their advantages and their issues. You will choose one to suit your own taste and preference.
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