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I’m looking for some advise or suggestions on hardwood floor finish.  Dark or light finish? What experience have you had with them, wear, scratches, maintenance.  We’re building our own cabin and keeping the logs a natural stain.  I would like a darker floors, but worried that dirt and scratches will be more noticeable than lighter wood.  I’d appreciate any feedback.  Thanks.  

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Comment by Sara R. on February 12, 2021 at 9:30pm

Your floors look gorgeous.  I’m sure the pictures don’t do it justice.  I think we’re going with prefinished hardwood.  Looking to get feedback on which is a better choice, light or dark colored floor.  I heard the darker wood shows more dirt and scratches.  I know it’s a matter of preference, but I don’t want to regret my choice.  Thanks for taking the time to show me what you’ve done.  

Comment by John Duke on February 12, 2021 at 4:14pm

We used a penetrating Waterlox tung oil on our heart pine floors (without a stain) during our renovation. I would say the color is between light and dark, but absolutely gorgeous. It does not have the shiny gloss of polyurethane. It penetrates into the wood itself to help preserve it. It will gradually show nicks and scratches, since it is not like a protective layer of glass, but it has a much deeper and more velvety look. The gradual wear of the floor is part of its charm. So far we have had for ten years and it looks great. It is a more difficult product to apply than the standard poly and requires several coats. Waterlox can help guide you, but it would be good to find someone with experience to apply it for you. An added benefit is that it is not petroleum-based.

These photos were taken after the tung oil was first applied. If they don't come through. let me know and I'll send some links.

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