We loved the lime prime you sent us. we sprayed the whole interior studs after gutting the house. Changed the smell of the house drastically. Amazing!!
We have old red oak hardwood floors (1200sq ft) that need to be sanded and refinished. We want to go with an ebony color. What would be the easiest for us to do without messing it up. Need a non toxic stain and sealer for heavy traffic. I want to order some samples just wanted to check with you first!!
Thanks much. Glad you enjoyed the Lime Prime. It still amazes me how well it neutralizes musty mold odors.
EBONY FLOOR STAIN: There are a few ways to go for Ebony floors.
The deep black that is easiest to achieve with NanoTech Ebony (some prefer Years of Black if going for a very deep tone).
For a warm black tone, Bio Poly Natural is the stain I would lean towards.
NanoTech is water based and fast drying and if you wanted something fast and easy that would be my choice.
We add a quart of water per gallon of NanoTech and then stir the stain colorant in. This gives a nice workable stain the penetrates well.
Care must be taken to finish each board across, end to end, without letting the stain dry out, keeping a wet edge.
Bio Poly will dry slower and is based on tree resins. It warms the wood tone that comes through the ebony so that there is a hint of the red oak peaking up. If you want to keep it simple, fast and easy, then sticking with NanoTech as the stain would be the easiest. Most floor guys prefer an oil based stain like Bio Poly but there are many nuances to staining floors.
The more colorant that is added, the longer it takes to dry. Years of Black is the most colorant. Ebony isn't that much. I mention Years of Black because many designers find it useful to achieve the exact tone of Ebony that they want on each specific wood type. YOB is the same colorant as Ebony just more of it. So you can add more or less color if desired, to achieve the look you want. For those who want to keep it simple, the Ebony looks great on oak floors.
CLEAR COAT: The NanoTech Clear 00 is the next top coat if using Bio Poly. It provides a hard, strong bond to the stain and protects it. Then the Aqualine Satin or Easy Safe 1k could be mopped on for a high traffic floor.
For high traffic floors such as restaurants, we typically do:
1. NanoTech Ebony stain (dilute w 1qt water per gallon)
2. Aqualine Satin x 3 coats.
This is fast and easy and looks great.
Most residential floors would get a stain and two topcoats of Aqualine Satin.
Sample pints are a good way to see all of this ahead of time and makes sure you get the exact look you are going for.
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