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Below is a comparison of Water-Based and Oil Based Polyurethanes. There are a lot of facets of each finish, and plenty of options to go with them!

  • ​Durable Surface
  • Longer Dry-Time
  • ​​​Dries with an amber tint, encouraging the appearance of color and depth from within the underlying wood
  • Available in Satin, Semi, or Gloss Sheen​
  • Has an inherently "bad odor" that is commonly associated with Oil Based Polyurethanes.
  • *Oil-Based Polyurethanes contain VOC's  (Volatile Organic Compounds-Does Not Exceed 510 Grams Per Liter, 4.3lbs Per Gallon) 
  • ​Curing Process Takes approximately 14 Days. Although the floor can be walked on 24 hours after the final coat is applied, it is still susceptible to scratches, scuffing or marring prior to completion of curing time. ​

​​Oil-Based 

The National Wood Flooring Association offers a great side-by-side look at a variety of wood species with both water-based and oil-based finishes. You can see some examples here: NWFA's Species Gallery.

Choosing The Right Finish

  • Unsurpassed Durable Surface when using Bona Traffic Commercial Grade
  • Available in Residential Grade MEGA or Commercial Grade Traffic
  • Quicker Dry-Time
  • ​​​Dries Clear, emphasizing the original grain and tone of the underlying wood
  • Amber-Sealer Available to give the look of Oil Without the Offensive Smell
  • Available in Satin, Semi, or Gloss Sheen​
  • Has No "Bad Odor" 
  • ​Contains very low VOC's (Less than 150) 
  • ​The Floor can be walked on approximately 8-10 hours after each coat.
  • 75% Cure after 24 Hours                   90% Cure after 72 Hours                 100% Cure After 1 week
  • Green-Guard Indoor Air Quality Certified​

​Water-Based

Water-Based or Oil-Based Polyurethane? ​