DuraSeal Water-Based and Oil-Based Polyurethane Finish and Sealer

DuraSeal Finish and Sealer

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DuraSeal Polyurethane Water-Based Finish – Provides the same look and durability of traditional oil-based polyurethane finishes. It’s a single-component product, so no need for a hardener and no waste.

DuraSeal Quick Dry Oil-Based Sealer The DuraSeal Quick Dry Sealer seals wood surfaces to prepare them for finishing. Enhance the performance of your finish by sealing your floor with this fast-drying sealer. This product provides a firm bond between the wood floor substrate and succeeding finish coats, and meets the definition for a quick dry sealer

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DuraSeal Quick Dry Oil-Based Finish – A transparent, tough, oil-based finish formulated to provide excellent durability and remarkable stain resistance. DuraSeal Polyurethane gives wood floors depth and richness while protecting them from dirt and spills.

What’s the difference between oil-based and water-based polyurethane finish?

There are a few essential differences between oil-based and water-based polyurethane hardwood floor finish:

  • Oil-based polyurethane will take longer to cure than a water-based product, and you can only apply one layer every 24 hours. With a water-based polyurethane finish, you can typically apply up to four coats in one day. (DuraSeal recommends 2-3 hours between coats with their water-based polyurethane finish.)
  • Oil-based polyurethane finish has an amber hue, whereas water-based poly is clear. Oil-based polyurethane finishes will continue to become more amber in color and darker over time, but a water-based poly will remain clear.
  • Water-based polyurethanes typically have lower VOC (volatile organic compound) counts than their oil-based counterparts.

Use oil-based polyurethane if the amber effect won’t be a problem.

Use water-based if you need a quicker cure or if you’re applying a white-washed or gray-washed treatment to the floor, because you will need the coating to be clear and not amber.

Use water-based if you need a lower VOC finish, although lower-VOC oil-based polyurethane finishes are available.

Oil-based polyurethane finishes are usually more susceptible to dents, whereas a water-based poly will be more susceptible to surface scratches.

Water-based is also typically more expensive than oil-based polyurethane, so you may want to choose an oil-based polyurethane finish if you have budget constraints and it meets the rest of your needs for the project.

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