Satin or Semi-gloss?
Oil-based or Water-based?
I am almost 100 percent sure I want satin for the finish. I don't really want a super shiny surface. I want it to be closer to how wood looks naturally.
I found some pictures online. These are obviously different kinds of wood flooring and different color stain.
Satin is a lot better about hiding dents and dirt. That was the clencher for me.
I am still hung up about which type to use- oil-based or water-based.
Water-based is less toxic to smell and dries a lot quicker. You are supposed to be able to do all the coats fairly close together to get the job done faster. That does sounds appealing to me. But it is much more expensive. I think it is around $10 more for a gallon. When you are buying multiple cans that adds up. It dries very clear and does not change the color of the floors at all.
I'm still unsure which to go with it.
What do you guys think? Do you have an opinion or experience with either?
I'd love to here it if you do. I can't seem to make up my mind.
Here is a picture of a sample piece of wood that I put two coats of stain on and three coats of OIL-based polyurethane.
What do you think and what would you choose?