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Here at Pete’s, we sell four basic types of hardwood floor finish.

We only sell what we trust.

This may seem like a very limited set of choices, but we only sell finishes that we have used extensively over a long period of time. There is no one "best" finish here; each of these products has strengths that make them more appropriate for certain applications.

But each of these finishes is the top of its class and we've chosen it because we've worked with it under many different conditions; we know how it behaves (and misbehaves) during application and under household wear and tear.

If you are simply looking for the cheapest finish available, you probably won't find it here. But if you are looking for the longest-lasting finish for your buck, read on.




Our favorite oil-modified
Our favorite 
 waterborne polyurethane
Our favoriteTung oil finish 
 Our favorite zero-VOC finish

arboritec-avenue-20-satin-finish-per-gal-256px-256pxAnd, introducing our favorite ceramic waterborne finish: Arboritec Avenue 20

Water-based finishes continue to evolve. Arboritec uses ceramic silica, an extraordinarly hard, naturally-occurring mineral to resist abrasion and wear from foot traffic. And it engineers the ceramic particles small enough to embed themselves in the tiniest voids of the wood grain. It penetrates deeply and more easily, which leads to better adhesion and much easier application. Arboritec does not foam, even after shaking, and flows out smooth and level even when we have used our fingers to spread it. This is a cross-linked finish that we find easier to apply than Bona's Traffic, with equivalent hardness, but a better price.  $115 per gallon available in the store and for direct ship anywhere in the USA


Hey Pete's, don't you sell any stain?

Yes, we do, but we think stain is a pain and we like to warn people about it first (when we use stain in the field or sell it to the public, we recommend Bona's DriFast stain. It doesn't come in a very wide range of colors, but it spreads easily and works well under both Bona's waterbased finishes and under traditional oil-based finishes like the DuraSeal). Read our article Let me talk you out of staining your floors. Still intent on staining? Here's a primer.