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Can you use oil based poly over water based Poly?

Last Updated: 10th April, 2020

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Flooring wholesalers and veteran floor finishers agree that you can recoat water-based poly with oil-based as long as the original coating has completely cured—generally 30 to 60 days. You'll have to lightly buff the old finish with a power buffer to prepare it for the new polyurethane.

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Thereof, can you put oil based polyurethane over water based Polycrylic?

Advertisement. While both polyurethane and polycrylic can be applied over water-based or oil-based paints and finishes, you may find that polycrylic doesn't dry quickly over matte latex paint due to additives in the paint.

Subsequently, question is, can I use oil based clear coat over water based paint? An oil-based varnish can be applied over completely dry acrylic paint with little difficulty. The polyurethane type of varnish is usually the best choice for this. If possible, it is always best to use an acrylic-based varnish for water-based paints and oil-based varnish for oil-based paints to ensure good results.

Besides, should I use oil or water based polyurethane?

COLOR: Oil based poly has an amber hue, whereas water based poly is clear. An oil based polyurethane will continue to amber and darken over time, while water based poly will remain clear for the lifetime of the hardwood floor. Water based poly dries much faster, and several coats (up to 4) can be applied in one day.

Is oil based polyurethane more durable than water based?

Oil based polyurethane lasts longer than water based. There is no contest on the durability between the 2 options. Water based polyurethane has lower VOC's - which is a bit of an environmental benefit (more about that in a moment) - but because it has lower VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), it doesn't last as long.

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Can I apply oil based varnish over water based?

How to Use Oil-Based Polyurethane over Water-Based Polyurethane. If you already laid down a water-based finish and decided to go for an oil-based one, do not fret. With a little bit of extra time and preparation, you can apply the oil-based finish right over the water-based one.

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What will happen if I don't sand between coats of Polycrylic?

Should Polycrylicbe sanded between coats? Yes. A light sanding (#220 sandpaper) will remove any fine particles of dust which settle on the finish while it is still wet. Light sanding also helps abrade the surface, improving intercoat adhesion.

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What is the difference between polyurethane and Polycrylic?

Polyurethane finish is basedon both oil and water while polycrylic is a water-based finish. That's just one example of a difference between polyurethane and polycrylic paint.

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Can I wipe on regular polyurethane?

Wipe-on polyurethane is simply standard polyurethane that has been thinned with mineral spirits. The advantage: there's no need to worry about brush strokes, drips, or reaching difficult places. Simply dampen a lint-free cloth, wipe on, and apply the next coat after only 2 hours.

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What will remove water based polyurethane?

Pour equal parts of lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol into a small empty paint can. Mix with a wooden stir stick, scraping into the mixture any lacquer from the base and sides of the can.

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Does oil based polyurethane turn yellow?

Both oil- and water-based polyurethane can be applied to latex/acrylic paint; however, oil-based polyurethane will create a yellow or amber hue, especially to light colors. To add durability without affected color, use a water-based finish.

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How long does water based polyurethane last?

For oil based poly, it usually takes 30 days to fully cure. But, with water based poly, the curing time can be cut down to 2 weeks. While you can walk on the floors much sooner (often after 24 hrs), the floors are still vulnerable during the curing process, and that means they can scratch much more easily.

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How long does oil based polyurethane take to cure?

Time for oil-based polyurethane to dry:
Hours 24-48, you can walk on the floors with socks. Avoid shoes and bare feet. And, make sure your pets (who usually have bare feet) do not walk on the floors during this time. After 4 days, you can move furniture back on to the floors.

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Can you use polyurethane over linseed oil?

Yes, broadly speaking you can do this and there is no real penalty. You do tend to see an increase in drying time, but contrary to many statement to the contrary online the oil will cure perfectly well under a coat of poly, because the varnish is not at all a perfect oxygen barrier.

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How do you make a matte finish with polyurethane?

Hand Rub With Wipe-On Varnish or Oil
If you want to transform the sheen from high gloss to satin or matte, then using a hardening oil such as tung oil is a good way to do it. Apply a base coat of gloss water- or oil-based polyurethane, let it dry and scuff it with 220-grit wet/dry sandpaper. Apply a second coat.

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Is oil or water based stain better?

Here are the advantages of using an oil-based stain: Oil-based stains are not easily penetrated by the elements. Oil-based stains dry more slowly than water-based stains and thus maintain a more even finish. Oil-based stains are far more durable than water-based stains and thus require far less maintenance.

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Do you sand the final coat of polyurethane?

No, you don't sand the final coat. You make sure you either spray it, or lay it on nice and even. Sand the previous coats to make sure there is a perfectly flat and even base for the final coat.

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Is water based polyurethane waterproof?

Yes, polyurethane provides a protective layer on hardwood (as well as furniture) making it harder for water to penetrate into the wood. But, it is not waterproof; rather, it's water resistant.

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How many coats of polyurethane should I apply?

There needs to be 3 coats of Polyurethane applied, especially if you are using an oil-based finish. The first coat should be mixed with mineral spirits. This acts as a sealer and provides a barrier between the wood and the oil finish you are using. A bristle brush is needed to apply the coats.

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Should I polyurethane over paint?

Applying one or two coats of polyurethane to a painted surface is a good way to protect the paint. Oil-based polyurethane levels out to a smoother finish, although it takes several hours longer to dry. You can apply polyurethane over any type of paint, as long as it's clean and has been properly prepared.

Tristan Andringa

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How long does oil based stain take to dry?

Indoors: Most oil based stains will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours and a recoat can generally be applied in roughly 2 hours. A recommended time of 8 hours (minimum) is recommended before applying a topcoat.

Nalaya Specht

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Can you put polyurethane over stained wood?

Water-based polyurethanes don't match well with oil-based stains, so if you're applying over stain you'll want to "rough up" the stained surface slightly before applying your water-based polyurethane, using some synthetic steel wool. Apply a very thin coat of polyurethane with a fine brush, foam pad, or cloth.

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How do you seal water based paint?

There are generally two ways to waterproof water-based paint. You can brush on a coat of simple clear waterproofing sealer, or you can stir in a paint additive before you begin the application process. If you choose to brush on a sealer, the process is as simple as dipping and brushing.