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Selecting the right finish

The selection of a finish that will make your hardwood floor radiant and durable is both an art and a science.

If you prefer a traditionally smooth finish, our master-sanders recommend water-based crystal products, available in three types of gloss: satin, semi-gloss and glossy.

For those who prefer an easy-to-maintain matte finish, our master-sanders recommend HS2k Impact Oil by Loba, a safe, ecological, natural, oil-based product that’s VOC- and solvent-free and respects the highest quality standards.

Because of their qualities and performance, we recommend these safe and eco-friendly products. By opting for the most renowned brands and their products, our craftsmen guarantee you the best possible results.

Types of finishes

The following summary will help you to make an informed choice.

Water-based crystal varnish

Recommended
  • Advantages

  • UV resistant and non-yellowing
  • Quick drying (1 hour for the first layer, 2 to 3 hours for the second layer)
  • No need for sealant
  • Provides a clear finish
  • Work can be completed in one day
  • No need to empty the pantry or refrigerator during work
  • Almost completely non-toxic
  • Very low VOC emissions
  • 2-3 times higher in abrasion resistance than oil-based crystal
  • Disadvantages

  • Orange peel effect in high-humidity conditions
  • Reaction with silicones, adhesives and waxes
  • Our recommandation

  • Easy Finish, by Loba

Oil-based varnishes

Not recommended
  • Disadvantages

  • Lesser value than other products
  • Reaction with silicones, adhesives and waxes
  • Blocking
  • Yellowing
  • Slow drying, with the last layer requiring 14-18 hours to dry
  • Sealant required
  • Plastic effect
  • Orange peel effect in high-humidity conditions
  • Two-day job
  • Possibility of delamination
  • Necessity to empty the pantry and refrigerator while work is being done
  • High levels of toxicity
  • Elevated levels of VOC emissions

Alcohol-based products

These high-quality products are recommended for exotic woods and specific jobs.

Do you need some help to select the right product?

Do not hesitate to contact us to get advices from experts.