Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish is a technologically advanced, durable topcoat for floors that provides exceptional levels of floor durability in a crystal clear finish.
- Self-crosslinking technology provides a tough floor finish that is great for any hardwood floor .
- Recoat in only two hours - complete your floor finishing project in just one day.
- No sanding between coats.
- Does not amber over time - especially good for use over light coloured woods and stains.
- Lower in odour than traditional solvent-based polyurethanes
- Cleans up with soap and warm water.
|Sheens:||Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin|
|Application Tool:||Synthetic pad applicator|
|Location:||Interior wood floors|
|Recoat:||After 2 hours|
|Dry Time:||24 hours for light foot traffic; 72 hours to replace furniture|
|Cleanup:||Soap and warm water|
|Coverage:||Approximately 46m2 per 3.78L|
|Recommended Uses:||All hardwood floors, ideal over light coloured woods and stains|
STEP 1: SAND THE FLOOR
Whether you have a bare wood floor, or a wood floor that already has a finish on it, you will need to sand the floor to prepare it for finishing. Rent or purchase a floor sander. Follow the sander manufacturer's directions to prepare your floor.
You will need to sand your floor down to bare wood if:
- You'd like to change the colour of your floor, or
- Your floor's finish is cracking, peeling, or completely worn away in areas, or
- Shellac, lacquer, wax, or products containing wax or stearates have been applied to the floor.
You can do a "screen and recoat" if:
- You do not want to change the colour of your floor
- Your existing finish is in good condition, with no chipping, peeling, or worn through areas, and
- Shellac, lacquer, wax, or products containing wax or stearates have not been applied to the floor.
For a "screen and recoat," there's no need to remove your existing floor finish. Instead, you can simply "screen" the existing finish to prepare it for the addition of new finish.
For all floors, follow the sander manufacturer's directions for your type of project. Remove all sanding dust. Thoroughly wipe the wood with a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining dust. Allow the wood to dry completely.
STEP 2: Apply Minwax™ Wood Finish™ Stain (Optional)
If you have sanded the floor down to bare wood, or you have a new, unfinished wood floor, and you'd like to add colour to it, you can stain the floor. Sand and prepare the floor per the sander manufacturer's directions, ending with 100 grit sandpaper or equivalent. Remove all dust. Apply Minwax™ Wood Finish™ Stain per the directions on the Wood Finish can. Wait 24 hours for the stain to dry, and then apply Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish.
STEP 3: APPLY MINWAX™ ULTIMATE FLOOR FINISH
- Before use, stir Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish to rotate the product from the bottom to the top of the can.
- Apply a thin coat using a new synthetic pad applicator. Maintain a wet edge to avoid lap marks.
- Allow the finish to dry at least two hours, but less than 24 hours. If this timing is followed, no sanding between coats is needed! But if you have let the finish dry for more than 24 hours, sand the finish lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. Do not scuff through to bare wood.
- Apply a second coat following the steps above.
If you are applying Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish to bare wood, apply a third coat, following the steps above. If this is a "screen and recoat," or if you are applying Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish over stain, only two coats are required.
Note: Sanding is not required between coats, but for maximum smoothness, you can choose to sand before the final coat, using 220 grit sandpaper. Allow 2-3 hours dry time before you sand. Product should be at room temperature for best results. The product will appear cloudy in the can, but dries clear. Floor will bear light foot traffic in 24 hours. Avoid heavy traffic, and do not install rugs or clean floors for seven days. When replacing furniture, do not slide.
Clean up: Clean application tools with soap and warm water immediately after use.
Note: Above dry times and coverage rates are based on good ventilation, temperature of 25°C and 50% relative humidity. Lower temperature, higher humidity, lack of ventilation or application of thick coats may extend dry time. Do not use steel wool with this product.
Note: For bare floors made of white oak, apply Minwax™ Sanding Sealer before applying Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish. This seals the wood and prevents a possible tannin reaction (discolouration).
COVERAGE: Approximately 46m2 per 3.78L
Storage: Store at room temperature. Keep from freezing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish?
Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish is a revolutionary new way to finish and refinish hardwood floors. Self-crosslinking technology and advanced chemistry provide exceptional, floor levels of durability in a non-ambering, crystal clear finish. Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish is great for any hardwood floor, and its crystal clear properties make it ideal for use over light coloured woods such as maple, and over light coloured stains such as Classic Gray and Weathered Oak.
What are the advantages of using Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish?
Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish is different from other floor polyurethanes in that it provides floor levels of durability in a crystal clear finish that is lower in odour than traditional, solvent-based polyurethanes. It cleans up easily with soap and warm water, and is fast drying – it can be recoated in only two hours. It does not require sanding between coats, and is easy to apply.
Should Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish be sanded between coats?
So long as less than 12 hours have passed since the previous coat, no sanding is required between coats. However, if Ultimate Floor Finish has been allowed to dry for 12 hours or more, a light sanding between coats is required.
While sanding between coats is not necessary, Ultimate Floor Finish can be sanded between coats for maximum smoothness. Allow the finish to dry two hours before sanding.
Can Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish be used over Minwax™ stains?
Yes, Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish has been formulated to work within the Minwax™ system. When staining floors, we recommend Minwax™ Wood Finish™ Stain.
What if I have a light coloured wood or stain? Will Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish alter the colour of my hardwood floor?
No. One of the unique things about Ultimate Floor Finish is that it dries completely clear, and does not amber over time. It is ideal for use over light and gray stains, such as Minwax™ Wood Finish™ Weathered Oak and Classic Gray, as well as over very light coloured woods such as maple. It also works great over all colours of wood and stain!
Can Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish be used with Minwax™ Professional Formula Sanding Sealer?
Yes. If the floor is bare wood, and is not going to be stained, Minwax™ Professional Formula Sanding Sealer can be used as a first coat under Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish. First the Minwax™ Sanding Sealer should be applied according to label directions. After the Sanding Sealer has dried it must be sanded. Then Ultimate Floor Finish can be applied.
Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish looks whitish/milky in the can. Will this colour be the colour that ends up on the floor?
No. Minwax™ Ultimate Floor Finish will dry beautifully and be perfectly clear on the wood!