Finish for parquet

Discussion in 'Wood' started by tom mcfall, May 8, 2021.

  1. tom mcfall

    tom mcfall New Member

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    Good morning.
    I'm looking for a little advice. I have just fitted a parquet floor and really like how rough it looks. Some blocks are varnished, some aren't, some are discoloured etc. It looks great (to me) when I clean it with a damp cloth and I'd love it to just look like that but I'm unsure what to finish it with. I've tried lots of varnishes and they all just look a bit plastic. I gather from reading that I can't use hard wax oil as many of the blocks are varnished and I don't want to really sand it back and lose how it looks. Whats a good option and is there a way of recreating how rich it looks when it's wet?

    (obviously I haven't finished filling gaps and this aesthetic is probably not to anyone else's taste; don't judge me internet!)

    Thanks!

    Tom
     
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  3. merit

    merit Well-Known Member

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    You could try a Bona prime and matt clear lacquer. Not sure how it would take as it’s designed to go in a sanded floor
    They do a load of different primers through will give different effects to the floor before you seal it


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    tom mcfall New Member

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    Thanks Merit. Can I ask a couple of follow up questions. Whats the purpose of floor primers? Just to help the lacquer adhere to the floor, or to treat the wood itself? And secondly, whats the difference between varnish and lacquer?

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

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    merit Well-Known Member

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    The primer is softer so it helps the wood move beneath the lacquer or takes the stress of the hard lacquer off the floor. Also the bona ones help create different tones in the wood.


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