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If you are looking at Bona Natural Seal because you are trying tame the red in your red oak floor, but want a less-expensive and easier to use option, Pallmann’s Pall-X NatureSeal is our go-to.

This a waterborne wood floor sealer – which is just a fancy word for primer. This means it is the coat you put on the wood FIRST and its main purpose is to provide a bonding surface for your topcoats. But Pallmann’s NatureSeal has just the merest hint of white pigment added. This is not enough to give your floor a white stained look. But it is just enough to calm down the pink undertone of red oak floors.

I know what you’re thinking. Why can’t I just use a CLEAR sealer. Wouldn’t that be the most nude and natural look for any floor? You would think so. But clear sealers still make wood look darker. Look at the photos of raw red oak next to clear-coated wood – you can see a distinct difference. If you want your floor to actually look untreated, you need a little bit of white pigment to offset that darkening effect. If you want to read more about the challenges of the “redness” of red oak, we have some thoughts on the issue.

The white pigments have the added benefit of helping to disguise the red in your red oak. It is uncanny how effective this is – far easier than trying to bleach the red out.

That said, we do have to warn you that white sealers, no matter what the brand, have a reputation for being a little difficult. Any time you try to suspend pigment in a clear finish coat, it is prone to leaving lap lines and skips in the finished coat. Even the smallest spot with a little bit of extra product thickness will look whiter than the rest. But the advantage the Pallmann brand is that they actually address this difficulty in their coating instruction. This is why we favor NatureSeal over Bona Natural Seal. They both are trying to achieve the same effect on your floor, but the Bona will be more frustrating to apply.

This is not a stand-alone product. It requires at least two layers of topcoat over it to truly protect your floor. The obvious choices are the Pallmann topcoats: Nexgen, Power, or Gold. But this also works beautifully under our PolyWhey line of polyurethane, which has the lowest VOCs of any polyurethane we sell.

Apply carefully! It does not say this on the jug, but Pallmann recommends apply this product with a 3/8″ microfiber roller (using a paint pad to cut in your edges) and to roll from a tray. Do no pour the product directly on the floor as you would a normal floor polyurethane. Pallmann also recommends that you apply two very thin coats instead of one regular coat. So, two coats at a coverage rate of 600-700 sqft per gallon, rather than one coat at 400 sqft per gallon. This decreases  puddles and laps, and if any areas are skipped, the second coat will fill them in before they become more apparent once the topcoat is applied.

Applicator: 3/8″ nap microfiber roller, foam paint pad
Coverage rate: 350 sqft per gallon
Dry time: 4-6 hours above 65 degrees with appropriate ventilation.

Learn more about Pallmann Waterborne Polyurethane for first-time coaters and learn how to apply Pallmann Waterborne Polyurethane finishes.

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