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Wood Floor Finishes

Category Overview

Alongside standard wood finishes, Rawlins Paints stock a large range of wood floor finishes designed to protect and decorate wooden floors in most environments, including the popular Extra Durable floor varnish from Sadolin. For commercial environments, such as in restaurants, bars, airports, gyms and cafes, we recommend floor oil, polyurethane varnish, quick drying floor varnish and heavy duty floor varnish. These are all durable, protective and decorative options, with a range of brands and finishes on offer. We also offer some fantastic opaque wood floor paints that are becoming more and more popular in retail environments, thanks in part to the wide range of colour options to choose from.

Wooden floors are unquestionably beautiful and they’re a very popular choice for flooring surfaces, both in commercial and domestic environments. Installing a wooden floor in a home will need different considerations from one in a busy environment, such as a pub or restaurant, however. For general domestic and public use, Rust-Oleum's chalky finish floor paint works well on wood, concrete and other previously painted surfaces.

When deciding on the type of wooden floor to install, it’s important to consider not only how it looks but also the level of traffic the floor is likely to have to experience. You may need to consider a hard wearing floor if it’s going to be walked on a lot, and it’s important to also consider maintenance. Public areas generally need to be easily maintained and be extremely long lasting.

Polyurethane wooden floor finishes

Blackfriar Polyurethane Floor Varnish is one of our attractive and durable floor coverings. It’s a clear floor varnish for use on most floor surfaces, including plywood, hardboard, chipboard and cement. It works by sealing the floor against any dirt and, once dry, is very easy to keep clean. It’s a good low maintenance option and is extremely tough.

A solvent-based solution, Mathys Plasti-Parket is perfect for protecting wooden stairs and parquet floors, so it’s a good option for any high quality home transformation. You’ll need at least two coats but it’s very easy to use and offers long lasting resistance against abrasive damage on your floor surface.

Coo-Var P101 is also a clear polyurethane coating for wooden floors inside and outside. Coo-Var varnish can be spray painted onto wooden floors that have a lot of wear, so it’s great for dance studios, outside decking or gymnasiums. It can also be used over compatible paints to provide a glaze finish over a colour.

Another option for a quick drying, water-borne polyurethane clear floor varnish is Jotun Trestjerne Parkettlakk. This is best used on wooden laminate and parquet floors so it’s a good product if you’re looking to make your wooden floors at home look great for the long-term. It also contains a UV-filter which protects the parquet or laminate against discolouring. It’s not appropriate for solid wooden floors but if you’re unsure of the best choice then please contact our Technical Team for advice.

Quick drying floor finishes

If you’re sprucing up a floor that needs to dry fast, then try Blackfriar Quick Drying Floor Varnish. Its specialist formula only takes an hour to dry, but offers scratch resistant and hard wearing floor protection. It’s possible to revamp your floors in just a single day using quick dry floor varnish.

Floor oil finishes

Timberex Free is made from natural oils and resins which are designed to penetrate deep inside the wood. It protects the flooring from within and works as a floor sealant. It’s great for commerc­­ial and domestic uses, and works well on large expanses of flooring. Timberex oil gives a deep satin sheen finish and brings out any grain patterns in the wood. If you prefer a high gloss sheen, it can be buffed easily.

Timberex has a wide range of wooden floor oils, including Timberex Natural and Timberex Gold. We also stock various Timberex wooden floor surface maintenance products, including Satin Oil and Satin Oil Gold Mousse. Both of these products are designed for easy maintenance of wood floor surfaces that have been treated with other Timberex products. The floor oil mousse helps to remove marks and spruce up the surface for a long lasting finish.

Heavy duty varnish for floors

Sadolin PV67 Heavy Duty Varnish comes in a double pack and is great for wooden areas that will suffer a lot of abrasion, such as dance floors or hallways – anywhere that has a high level of traffic. It’s also a good choice if you’re looking for a heavy duty varnish for the top of a wooden bar to protect it long term.

Floor stains

If you’re looking to make a design statement and want a range of fashionable grey shades for your oak wood floor, try Timberex Active Stain. There’s a range of greys to choose from and they all stain deep into the wood to provide a long lasting finish. You only need to apply Active Stain once and then use a topcoat to finish off.

For those who’d rather retain the natural ‘wood’ look, Timberex Aqua is a range of water-based stains that also penetrate deep into the surface and protect against stains and traffic. There are seven main colours in the range but they can be mixed to create a range of looks.

Coloured coatings for floors

Timberex Coloured is made from natural resins and oils, as well as colouring agents. These all penetrate the wooden floor deep down and form a water resistant protective surface. There are ten colours in the range, each one designed to enhance the appearance of the wood. 

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