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WHEN THE JOB IS FINISHED

What to Expect Upon Completion

The following quote is from The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association's Finishing Hardwood Flooring technical service manual, page 10, or www.nofma.org, Finishing Hardwood Flooring, Over-all Appearance-What to Expect:

Inspection should be done from a standing position with normal lighting. Glare, particularly from large windows, magnifies any irregularity in the floors and should not determine acceptance.

A finish similar to that found on fine furniture should not be expected. Trash in the finish, a wavy look along strips, deep swirls or sander marks, and splotchy areas can be indications of inadequate finishing or cleaning. The quality of the finish can be acceptable and still include some of these problems, but they should not appear over the entire floor.

The perimeter and hard to reach areas (i.e., under radiators, around cabinets and cabinet cut-outs, closets, corners, etc.) are most likely to contain these irregularities.

Again, when inspected from a standing position, these irregularities may be present but should not be prominent.

Finishes

It is our opinion that oil-modified finishes are more durable than regular water-based finishes. However, there are commercial grade water-based finishes (Aboveboard uses Traffic Commercial Finish, manufactured by BonaKemi) that have greater durability than even oil-modified finishes. The performance of Traffic Commercial is, in our opinion, the best finish available. The cost for this finish is slightly higher.

The vapors from oil-modified finishes are strong. They may cause headaches, nausea or nervousness. Avoid the first few hours after application to allow for the majority of the fumes to dissipate. It is recommended that ladies who are pregnant and young children avoid this situation altogether.

Water-based finishes have much less odor and tend to dry much faster.
 
 
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