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    Water-Based Polyurethane, can you tint it?

    Back again, with one more question. We've decided to use Pacific Strong on most of the floors in the house that are in decent condition.

    As Pacific Strong will not take a tint as a mix-in, we'll have to use poly in 2 rooms that we'd like to make visually more consistent with the rest of the house.

    These two rooms will be screened, then a bit of a tint applied to help better match the rest of the house, hopefully mixed into some sort of poly. We'd like to use a water-based poly, but not sure if it will take a tint. These two rooms already have an (oil-based) poly on them, so we'd be going over that (after light screening).

    Can we use a water-based poly over the other poly after screening, and bigger still, can the water poly be tinted?

    Or perhaps there's a pre-mixed water-based poly out of the can we should use instead?

    Many thanks,
    Deb



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    RE: Water-Based Polyurethane, can you tint it?

    Deb,

    What I would do with this is to apply a tinted shellac to get the shade you want then apply the Pacific Strong over the shellac. This will give you the color you want and the durability of the professional floor finish.

    Shellac (dewaxed) is kind of a the universal sealer. You can apply it over almost any finish when the finish is abraded and you can apply almost any finish over it. The only issues with shellac deal with mosture and durability. The Pacific Strong over the top fix thoses issues.


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    RE: Water-Based Polyurethane, can you tint it?

    Thanks Lou...can we tint the shellac manually, or do we have to buy it out of the can? It appears there are only 2 options available (clear and amber). We're not sure if the amber would work for us. If we could manually tint, what would we tint the shellac with? Can you buy a Cabot stain and mix it into the shellac?

    Deb

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    RE: Water-Based Polyurethane, can you tint it?

    Deb,

    You can tint shellac.

    You are better off buying it in flake form though, and mixing your own.

    http://www.shellac.net/ sell just about any shellac related item you need. I have had nothing but good service from them.
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