Hardwood Floor Finish FAQ:

  1. What are the most important factors contributing to the drying of finish?
  2. There are four — Temperature, humidity, film thickness, and airflow. Temperature affects viscosity, which contributes to film thickness. Humidity affects the evaporation rate of the solvents. The amount of airflow determines how much oxygen will crosslink with the finish to initiate the cure. High temperatures, low humidity, thin film thickness, and adequate airflow will all expedite dry time and cure time. Caution must be used during these condition due to the risk of finish drying too quickly.

  3. What is the difference between drying and curing?
  4. Drying occurs when the solvents evaporate from the surface of the film and it becomes tack free. Curing is when residual solvents leave the film and it begins crosslinking with oxygen in the air to develop its strength, toughness, abrasion resistance, and chemical resistance. Although most finished reach 90% cure in seven days, full cure takes up to thirty days.

  5. When are hardwood floors ready for foot traffic?
  6. Light traffic in 3 days for World Class Finish, normal traffic in 7.

  7. What temperature should the gym be kept at?
  8. Temperature should be kept between 55° – 75°F. Humidity level should be kept between 35% – 50% to insure minimal wood movement.

  9. How important is airflow?
  10. It is critical. After solvent evaporation, the film is very weak. The film must then build strength by crosslinking with oxygen from the air directly over the coating.

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