Types Of Floor Polish
Water Borne polish
For water based polyurethanes ,one and two pack are now more popular than water based polyurethane/acrylic mixes as they have better wear resistance. Both polishes are for applying over sealer to enhance timber color and reduce probability of edge bonding. Water borne polishes have very low odor during application. These polishes are available in matte and gloss finishes and tend to darken slightly with time. Some of them can be used with curing additives (catalysts) depending on recommendations by their manufacturers.
These polishes are a result of reaction between natural oil like tung or linseed with another chemical. These polishes are more traditional. Varnishes and traditional tung oils used for waxed timber and polished floors of past era are in this category. These polishes are still in use but they need more maintenance regularly that other finishes. These polishes darken with time but are not likely to edge the bond boards, of recent they are easier to maintain due to use acrylic polishes. Professional floor polishing company National Floor Sanding – floorsandingsydney.net.au floor restoration services can run you through all the different polishes and their pros and cons.
Composite Oil-Based/Solvent Borne polishes
These polishes contain oil-based alkyds with an addition of urethane’s therefore providing a good resistance to abrasion. Oil modified urethane and most tung oil based polishes also are in this category. Oil modified urethane are predominantly used in USA. Solvent borne/composite oil based have very strong odor during application but it reduces as it dries. These polishes provide satin to semi gloss appearance. They rarely edge bond boards but will darken after sometime therefore require frequent maintenance especially at high traffic places. Floor sanders can use acrylic floor polishes to protect finish.
Solvent Based Polyurethane polishes
One and two pack solvent based polyurethanes offer a harder finish with some limited flexibility but have much resistance to abrasion. The currently offer one of hardest finishes with gloss levels of matte up to very high gloss .This reduces the need for routine maintenance. These polishes as with all other oil based finishes will darken with time. Due to strength and limited flexibility, they can cause edge bonding. Ends