As we said in previous pages, the product we want you to use is the same one we use ourselves in our professional business The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company, the largest floor sanding brand in Europe.
What we Use and Why
The only brand we use in the UK is Pallmann, we have tried dozens of others but this is the one we use and truly 100% believe in. Why?
- The quality of the finish is totally unsurpassed, it has a quality look others have tried to emulate and failed. Not surprising since Pallx96 is Germanys best-selling single pack lacquer.
- It isn’t a “one trick pony” brand. What does that mean? Well whatever type or look of finish you want Pallmann has a quality solution. Yes Pall X96 is fantastic but so are all the other products.
- Our professional business has tested many other products, we have used some of them and paid the price when they have failed to perform orthe backup was not there.
- The technical backup that we receive from both the UK representatives of Pallmann and their German colleagues is second to none. No-one works as a rep for Pallmann without first having been a professional floor sanding contractor.
So now you know which brand we recommend let’s help you choose a finish!
One of the things that always amazes me is that people sand their floor without a thought about what type of finish they want to apply after, so let’s go through the options.
This is the type of finish most people are familiar with and is generally a polyurethane finish nowadays. It could be either solvent based or water based but like all professionals we don’t use solvent based finishes ourselves and so don’t recommend that you do either (if you want to know why please ask us).
Lacquers are what we term ‘surface build’ products, so called because they sit on top of the wood and protect it from above. Most domestic products are single component and these are fine for most environments, commercial products are ‘two packs’ which means you add a hardener or catalyst to increase durability and chemical resistance.
Most lacquers come in extra matt, matt, silk or gloss sheen levels, the most popular is silk and we would advise DIYers to avoid gloss at all cost (you can contact us for further explanation)
For domestic use you can choose between Pall-X94 or Pall-X96 (Germanys best-selling single pack lacquer) the latter contains more polyurethane and is therefore more durable and slightly more expensive.
Pros for Lacquered Finish
Durable, chemically resistant, easily understood, differing sheen levels available.
Cons for Lacquered Finish
Tricky and time consuming to apply, more costly than oils / hardwax oils, once scratched or damaged they have to completely re-sanded.
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