Wood Floor Coloring Part 1: Iron Acetate, WOCA Antique Lye, and Rubio Fumed and Smoke


In the first installment of our three-part series on wood floor coloring, Joe applies three different solvents to live sawn and rough sawn white oak to show you the different reactions that each one produces.

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Here’s a quick recap of the three solvents that Joe test-runs in this video:

Iron acetate (white vinegar and steel wool)

This is a simple process. Just use steel wool and white vinegar to create a quick, DIY solution, and then brush it on the wood to create a gray-aged look.

Click here to read our tutorial and watch our how-to video on creating a homemade iron acetate solution with white vinegar and steel wool. It’s easy and looks great!

WOCA Antique Lye

Penetrating oil finish is often a homeowner favorite because floors coated in these products usually don’t need to be recoated as often as floors coated with other types of finish.

Penetrating oil is also durable because it penetrates the fibers of the wood and hardens. It also allows the wood to retain more of a natural appearance than polyurethane-based wood floor finishes.

Joe demonstrates how to apply WOCA Antique Lye penetrating oil finish in this video, which can help you achieve a beautiful effect in the wood while sealing it for durability.

Rubio Monocoat Fumed & Smoke

Rubio Monocoat Fumed and Smoke pretreatments, together with Rubio Monocoat Oil products, help you create nearly limitless desired effects in a hardwood floor without releasing harmful vapors. These products are VOC-free and environmentally friendly.

Click here to read more about the Rubio Monocoat system.

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of our “Coloring Wood Floors” series, when we will complete the process and show you the end results!

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