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Hardwood Floor Finishes that do not darken the wood?

Specifically that do not darken the wood at time of install, not over time. I want to keep my unfinished white oak as light as possible. Was considering Rubio monocoat, but since that is an oil, will this leave me with a dark floor? Would urethane be a better alternative? More toxic probably, but I really want to keep the floor as light as possible, but still bring out some grain.

Asked By: JD - 6/29/2011
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I once wanted to apply a finish to some wormy chestnut without altering the color of the wood. I tried every finish known to man, and learned that ANY finish will darken the wood's color. I found that a finish called Waterlox had the least darkening effect... More
Answered By: GuitarGeorge - 6/29/2011
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Use a quality latex polyurethane finish. This will not not darken or yellow over time. This will maintain the original appearance for years.
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Answered By: Sye - 6/29/2011
 
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