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Types Of Finishes

Water-Based Finish (acrylic)

A water based finish is a non-toxic, high performance,  extremely hard-wearing finish that is the product of choice for floors that require a high quality finish. It provides excellent resistance to scuffs and scratches.

It is always the right choice and provides an “invisible”, satin-matt, semi-gloss or glossy appearance, depending on your wishes.

It is important to use non toxic products that dry quickly, not releasing toxic chemicals, so you can safely stay at home whilst your floors are sanded and polished.


Water based flooring products deliver great looking, durable floors that are environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. Water based finishes are also non-yellowing so the colour will not change over time.

Water based floor finish has a lighter appearance and dries faster so most projects can be completed in two days!

Solvent Based Polyurethane Finish

This coating type provides the highest durability of all coating types as well as the highest gloss levels.


Polyurethanes are typically resistant to water exposure, high humidity, temperature extremes, and fungus or mildew, which makes them the perfect finish for timber floors.

There is a strong solvent smell on application and are highly toxic until the coating has cured.

Solvent-based polyurethane finishes can yellow the wood finish slightly. This will not typically be noticeable on darker coloured wood, but on  light wood, it can cause a noticeable color change. The finish will continue to darken over time.

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Acrylic                 Polyurethane

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Acrylic finish  



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