On another note — any…

On another note -- any opinions on finishing wood floors with tung oil versus polyurethane? Are the tung oil blends like Waterlox at all decent, or is it worth paying more for pure tung oil?

This is the impression I have so far: True tung oil seems much better for developing patina, fixing scratches, etc., but twice as expensive. Argh. (Why is everything good more expensive???) Also, be careful of various blends out there.

This Old House forum conversation

Woodworker's forum (more details on various blends versus pure tung oil):

Apartment Therapy discussion that mostly confused me

How to finish with tung oil (note: it doesn't work with miniwax stains):

Kind of funny -- how a tung oil floor is like a well-seasoned frying pan

A (no doubt biased) tung oil supplier's detailed explanation

Wikipedia basic facts on tung oil

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  1. I only have experience with polyeurethane. I will say that the ability of the polyeurethane to withstand scratches has to do with the expertise and willingness to spend time and money of the installers. If you use plenty of product and take your time, it is a sturdy finish. If you skimp on product and are uneven with the application, then it really looks bad in just 3 or 4 years.

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