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Tips on Refinishing Hardwood Floors with Minwax

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Published on Apr 11, 2011

http://minwax.tv/RefinishingHardwoodF... First, you'll want to take off the old finish down to the bare wood by sanding the floors. If you want natural hardwood floors with no stain, apply a base coat first, such as Water Based Polyurethane for Floors Base Coat. Most of the woods found in floor construction contain tannins, and when tannins come in contact with water, discoloration could result -- the base coat will prevent this.

If a stain is desired, apply Minwax Wood Finish Stain after sanding -- this comes in a variety of colors. Putting a stain on the floor will enhance the wood grain. After applying the stain, allow six hours to completely dry.

After staining the floor, you have a couple of options for applying hardwood finishes. For an oil-based product, use Minwax Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors, which will provide maximum durability and will allow you to apply another coat in just three hours without having to sand the floor between coats. This means you can apply your finish in one day.

For a water-based finish, Minwax offers Water Based Polyurethane for Floors. Apply three coats, and give each coat two to three hours to dry. Water Based Polyurethane provides low odor, fast drying time, and easy cleanup.

The Minwax Company is a leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood maintenance products for the do-it-yourself and professional markets. Founded in 1904, Minwax® has grown to be the #1 brand of interior wood stains and clear protective finishes in the U.S. The company's portfolio of brands includes Minwax® Wood Finish™, Minwax® PolyShades®, Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane, Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane, and many more. The Minwax Company's corporate office is located in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Minwax® brands are recognized and sought after by DIYers, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. From the Wood Finish™ stain in the iconic yellow can to durable clear finishes and easy-to-use wood maintenance products, the Minwax® brand name has become synonymous with wood finishing.

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