Best waterborne finish for red oak
I have laid and finished several hardwood floors in the past, and all have been topped with two waterborne polyurethanes: Bona Mega and Street Shoe (can’t remember the name, but it was the kind that already had the catalyst mixed in). My experience with these is that the Bona Mega is very durable but a little shinier than my current client desires. I mentioned the Street Shoe, which gives a more satiny, flatter finish but I have not had one of these floors in place long enough to know how well they hold up. I have also heard Bona’s Pacific Hi-Build finish is excellent and results in a less shiny finish. Has anyone had experience with this product they can share?
Regarding the environment, the house is a pier/beam in Dallas, Texas with vapor barrier in the crawlspace and no noticeable moisture issues. The red oak will be laid on a foundation of 3/4″ planks topped by 20# roofing felt, 1/2″ plywood and another layer of 20# roofing felt.
Thanks for any insights you can provide.