A Tung oil and resin blend like Waterlox can offer the ease of maintenance, and lack of peeling of a natural oil finish, but with the hardness of varnish. Waterlox soaks in and cures with oxygen, hardening the surface, but with no heavy surface film buildup. It does not give a "plastic" look to wood like polyurethane finish, but gives a hand polished, natural looking elegant finish.
On Waterlox, scratches that might occur are much less visible than on a polyurethane, which is prone to show "whitish" scratching. Polyurethane scratches on dark hardwoods are even more pronounced. The other big advantage of Waterlox is that no sanding is ever required for recoating. Just clean, and refresh every few years.
Below are images of various Waterlox projects recently completed by our clients.
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Here is a great example of Waterlox "popping" the natural color of this "branded" pine floor.
Below we see the difference in color enhancement of wood floors with Waterlox Tung Oil Finish, compared to the appearance of a water-borne finish applied to walls and vertical surfaces.
Many water-based finishes leave wood quite bland, as you see here on the walls. Waterlox naturally enhances the true beauty of this pine floor.
Color enhancement with Waterlox Tung Oil is even more pronounced on this this heart pine floor by Authentic Pine Floors. The cabinets have a water-based finish.
Here is Craig's workbench, finished with 4 coats of Waterlox Sealer/Finish on various wood species. Again, notice how the true wood colors are uniquely enhanced.
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