Water Based Floor Lacquers – Pick The Best One

Ecostar 2K Commercial Traffic Water Based Floor Lacquer

Water Based Floor Lacquers – Pick The Best One

Even if it seems that most of our water based floor lacquers look pretty much the same, we can assure you that each one of them have their own unique qualities. The name “water based floor lacquer” is a very broad one that classifies many types of floor lacquers. We sell Chimiver, Bona & Tover floor lacquers. Each one of these brands sells a wide range of water based floor lacquers for many types of finishing projects. Some of our water based floor lacquers are suitable for domestic use, some are suitable for domestic and commercial use, some are compatible with wood stains, some are glazers, some are deep penetrating, some are very high traffic commercial & industrial water based floor lacquers, some are anti-slip, some are designed for sport rooms while others are antibacterial floor lacquers. We try to provide at least one type of floor lacquer for any type of project.

Water Based Floor Lacquers – Domestic

Just because a water based floor lacquer is classified as “domestic”, it does not mean that it will wear off fast or it will not provide a decent level of protection. There is a huge difference between a very high traffic wood floor that thousands of people use on a daily basis, where a number of cleaning operations take place daily and where the risk of scratches & other types of damage is very high, and your bedroom floor. Your bedroom or living room floor is unlikely to get that kind of commercial traffic so there is no need to use a commercial strength floor lacquer to seal it. A domestic floor lacquer maintained right will outlast pretty much all commercial lacquers that are used to seal very high traffic floors. Most residential floors are refinished once every 10-15 years while most commercial floors are refinished once every 3 to 5 years.

Within our range of water based domestic floor lacquers you will find Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer, Bona Mega Floor Lacquer & Tover Home Maxi Floor Lacquer. All of them have outstanding water based floor lacquers with amazing qualities. We will write more information about each one below.

Water Based Floor Lacquers – Commercial

Our company sells a wide range of heavy duty commercial water based floor lacquers from Bona, Tover & Chimiver. We understand the particular needs and requirements of all industries. We understand that not all high traffic floors receive the same type of traffic so not all high traffic commercial floors require the same level of protection. We will detail more below.

Sport Rooms & Sport Halls

As you can imagine, a high traffic sports room area is likely to get a lot of traffic and a lot of wear. While most commercial water based floor lacquers can take all that traffic, some water based floor lacquers have some extra qualities. It is one thing when you have 1000 people using a wooden floor every day and another thing altogether when athletes are jumping, running and falling on a wooden floor. So besides premium quality durability, a sports room water based floor lacquer also has be non-slip, non yellowing and to have a superior resistance to alkaline wood floor cleaning products. A sports room floor is likely to mark and get dirtier faster so more active cleaning products are likely to be used.

Shops & Commercial Floors

All commercial and retail wooden floors are under constant use with little breaks between opening and closing times. A very tough non glazing high traffic floor lacquer is essential. We usually recommend a two pack (lacquer with a hardener) as the ideal water based floor lacquer for this kind of floor. The floors will be sealed with a water based or solvent based floor primer then sealed with 2-3 coats of commercial floor lacquer. Each coat of lacquer will bond with the other and it will create a very durable protective coat that should last up to 10 years of usage if maintained correctly.

Health Care, Child Care & Nursing Homes

A top quality and spotless wood floor is essential while dealing with older people, sick people or kids. Bacteria and harmful viruses can find all the little hiding places within the lacquer coat so the floor has to be disinfected as often as possible. But we have a great solution to neutralise bad bacteria and viruses. Our amazing antibacterial water based floor lacquer. This premium quality water based floor lacquer will neutralise all types of known bad bacteria and viruses on impact. Any bacteria that touches the surface will be unable to multiply and it will be killed within seconds. This product is unequalled in quality and the type of protection that it provides.

We sell 3 types of floor lacquers :

Single Pack Water Based Floor Lacquers

Two Pack Water Based Floor Lacquer

Solvent Based Floor Lacquers

Single Pack Floor Lacquers are water based floor lacquers that do not require a hardener. These varnishes can be low traffic domestic floor lacquers or very high traffic industrial floor lacquers. If it is called a single pack or two pack it does not affect the durability. The only difference between single pack and two pack floor lacquers is the fact that the two pack floor lacquer is compatible with oil based wood stains while the single pack floor lacquers are not compatible. Example, Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer / Single Pack is the strongest lacquer from the whole Chimiver range. Twice as durable as all two packs. But not suitable for sealing stained wooden floors.

Two Pack Floor Lacquers are usually good quality floor lacquers that can be used over all types of sealers, water based wood stains, oil based wood stains and other types of finishes. The lacquer is sold in two bottles, a large bottle of 4.5L of lacquer and a small bottle of 0.5 L of hardener. The lacquer and the hardener have to be mixed together to create a crystallization reaction that makes the lacquer compatible with oil based wood stains. Our lacquers are usually available in natural finish, matt finish, satin finish and very few, in glossy finishes.

Solvent Based Floor Lacquers are not as popular as they used to be but many people still prefer it to water based floor lacquer. Our company only sells one solvent based floor lacquer. This product is usually recommended for extraordinary high traffic areas and factory floors where heavy machineries are used. This product is incredibly strong and unaffected by chemicals or abrasion. But, it has all the classic solvent based lacquer issues. Bad odours, it reacts with UV light and it generates pollution in the process of manufacturing it.

Recommend A Good Water Based Floor Lacquer

From our experience and reviews from our customers, we always recommend the most expensive and the highest traffic floor lacquer available. But not in all cases. There is no need to overspend on a water based floor lacquer used to seal frames or walls & there is no point cutting corners when you plan to purchase a floor lacquer that has to seal a very high traffic floor. Usually, the more expensive floor lacquers are expensive for a good reason. While some are very eco, others are very durable, some are invisible, some are anti-slip & some are antibacterial. Do you really need the most expensive antibacterial water based floor lacquer to lacquer your living room floor? Nope. Do you really need to use the most expensive water based floor lacquer to lacquer your bedroom floor? Nope. Do you really need to use a very high traffic anti slip water based floor lacquer to lacquer a sports room? Yes you do. The first thing you need to do is to assess the job requirements and then decide on the product.

Pine Floors – you might love your pine floors and love how they look but pine is a cheaper wood because it is soft and breaks easily. The best floor lacquer for a pine floor is a self linking lacquer. A self linking lacquer is a deep penetrating water based floor lacquer that hardens inside the wood not on the top. A soft type of floor wood like pine wood, treated with Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer or Tover Uniqua, can harden up the wood to amazing levels.

Here is the list of our most popular and best value water based floor lacquers.

Single Pack Floor Lacquers:

Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer

Carver Delta Floor Lacquer

Bona Mega Floor Lacquer

Tover Uniqua SQ Floor Lacquer

Tover Home Maxi Floor Lacquer

Chimiver Ecostar is a great quality domestic & medium traffic commercial floor lacquer available in matt & semi gloss finishes. The product has a thick consistency, it is 100% odour free and it covers 10-14 sq meters per litre (average). Even if this product is listed as “residential”, it can be used on low to medium traffic commercial floors as well.  Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer is one of the most affordable and better value water based floor lacquers. It can be applied over all types of solvent & water based floor primers or directly on the wood if you are after a natural look. Chimiver Ecostar Floor Lacquer will not yellow over time, it responds well to burnishing and it will provide years of protection with the proper maintenance. It performs amazingly well on the Taber Test. The product is clear and it will not enhance or change the colour of the wood. It can be applied with a roller or a special applicator. Acrylic-Polyurethane water based floor lacquer.

Carver Delta Floor Lacquer is by far one of the most durable commercial water based floor lacquers from the Carver range. This product uses self linking technology to penetrate deep inside the wood fibre and to harden up soft types of wood floors. Carver Delta Floor Lacquer covers up to 14 sq meters per 1L and is one of the highest rated floor lacquers in Taber Test. The product was designed for wooden floors with very high traffic and high abrasion. Premium protection against traffic, scratches, harsh chemicals, UV light and high heels. Its main advantage is by far its unique natural look and unequalled durability. The new Carver Delta Floor Lacquer is not a floor lacquer for those who are looking for a thick sealer that builds up the surface of the wood. This product will maintain the natural look of the wood and it will not glaze the surface. Carver Delta Floor Lacquer is the perfect water based floor lacquer for airports, sport rooms, pubs, restaurants, showrooms, etc. The fact that this product is single pack but twice as durable as the two pack floor lacquers, makes it even more attractive.

Bona Mega One Floor Lacquer is the residential, low traffic commercial, floor lacquer from Bona. This product’s main advantage is the fact that it can be used in only a two coats system without a primer. It reduces the time required to complete a project and reduces cost. Bona Mega Floor Lacquer will cover 10-12 sq meters per 1L  and is designed for high traffic domestic floors. The product is not compatible with oil based wood stains. Bona Mega Floor Lacquer is available in matt and silk matt finishes. Bona Mega One Floor Lacquer is a non yellowing water based floor lacquer highly popular with the floor refinishing industry. Well priced, quick drying, easy to sand and with slight colour enhancing qualities. It can be used for sealing wooden floors, wood furniture, frames, etc. A top quality low cost water based floor lacquer from Bona.

Tover Uniqua SQ Floor Lacquer is the flagship water based floor lacquer from Tover. A truly impressive very high traffic commercial floor lacquer available in nature, matt, semi gloss and gloss. The product uses self linking technology for deep penetrating and hardening wooden surfaces. Tover Uniqua SQ Floor Lacquer is suitable for high traffic floors like sport rooms, school floors, industrial, retail & commercial floors. A beautiful natural looking water based floor lacquer highly popular with the premium market. Tover Uniqua SQ Floor Lacquer is one of the most eco friendly water based floor lacquers, fume free, harsh chemicals free and very easy to apply. This product is compatible with all water based and solvent based floor primers & it can be used with a hardener as well to make it compatible with oil based wood stains. The fact that Tover Uniqua SQ Floor Lacquer can be used with or without a hardener is the main selling point for this amazing water based floor lacquer. The coverage area can go up to 14 sq meters per 1L.

Tover Home Maxi Floor Lacquer is a single pack water based floor lacquer suitable for residential traffic, wooden floors, wood furniture and all types of indoor wood lacquering. The product looks amazing and is available in a matt finish, satin finish and high gloss finish. Tover Home Maxi Floor Lacquer is a deep penetrating water based floor lacquer that will maintain the natural look of the wood. Its main selling point is its low cost and its beautiful natural look. It can be used to seal all bedroom floors, living room floors, wood panels, wood profiles, etc. 100% fume free, 100% non yellowing and very easy to maintain. Tover Home Maxi Floor Lacquer can be applied over water based floor primers, solvent based floor primers & water based wood stains. It will cover around 10-12 sq meters per L. A nice and affordable water based floor lacquer that will provide years of protection.

You have heard a lot about high and low coverage areas but you still haven’t got a clue about how much floor lacquer to order. Well, below we will give you an idea of how the coverage area works:

As you can see most quality water based floor lacquers are “recommending” a coverage area of about 8 to 14 sq meters per 1L. The recommended coverage area is not fixed or guaranteed. There are a number of factors that can increase or decrease the coverage area. So lets start assuming that the coverage area is informative only.

One of the most important factors for the actual coverage area is the primer. A primed wooden floor is likely to absorb less lacquer. The pores are already sealed with the primer so the lacquer will not penetrate that deep. The actual coverage area is the total coverage area between the first and the second coat.

1st coat : 8 sq meters per 1L (the floor is very thirsty)

2nd coat : 14 sq meters per 1L (the floor absorbs less)

Actual coverage area is 8 + 14 = 22 sq meters : 2 = 11 sq meters per 1L

You can dramatically increase the coverage area by sanding the surface very smooth, by using a primer, by using professional varnishing rollers or applicators, by lightly sanding the primer after it has dried up, by checking out youtube videos for tips on applying lacquers & so on. There is a technique and a system of achieving a higher coverage area. A professional floor sanding or floor refinishing company can achieve a coverage area of up to 18 sq meters per 1L.

Here is a list of our two pack floor lacquers:

Chimiver Ecostar 2K Floor Lacquer

Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer

Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer

Some of the floor lacquers are much more expensive than others. To find out why, a detailed research has to be done. There is always a good reason for a company to charge extra for a product. Below, we will explain to you in detail what product is the most recommended for x job and why.

Chimiver Ecostar 2K Floor Lacquer is by far the most durable two pack water based floor lacquer. This product is the highest rated on the Taber Test. Chimiver Ecostar 2K Floor Lacquer is not just another water based floor lacquer. This product penetrates deep inside the fibre of the wood and provides an unequalled natural look. The main advantage of this product is its 100% natural look and the amazing durability. This product is usually used on prestigious wooden floors where a non glazing and natural looking finish is required. The Chimiver Ecostar 2K Floor Lacquer is available in natural 100%, matt, semi matt & semi gloss finish. A truly heavy duty water based floor lacquer suitable for wooden floors with high to very high traffic. This product can be applied over water based primers, solvent primers & oil based wood stains. An anti-slip formula highly recommended for sealing wood floors in sports halls and public buildings.

Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer is another amazing water based floor lacquer suitable for commercial and domestic high to very high traffic floors. This product is thick and creamy. It can be used to seal all types of wood floors, furniture, frames, etc. Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer is available in matt, extra matt and satin finish. The product dries very fast and it can be overcoated within 1-2 hours. Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer  has a premium resistance to chemicals, traffic, scratches and UV light. This product is highly popular with the floor sanding and the floor refinishing industry. A non yellowing formula, fumes free, high traffic, easy to apply it also looks amazing. 5L of Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer should cover between 50 to 60 square meters of floor in 1 coat. Usually, 2 coats of Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer will provide full protection for up to 10 years assuming that the right maintenance routine is used.

Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer is probably the best known water based floor lacquer in the world. The product is top quality and it provides amazing protection and chemical resistance. Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer is manufactured from eco products only. Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer is available in natural, extra matt, anti slip and silk matt finish. This product was designed for heavy duty commercial use. Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer is known to provide outstanding protection for up to 10 years on very high traffic retail floors, sport rooms, gyms, dance rings, domestic floors, etc. It can be used for sealing wooden floors and wooden furniture. Used in conjunction with Bona Craft Oil 2k, the product can create unique Scandinavian finishes on all types of wood. Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer will cover 10-12 square meters per 1L and it is compatible with oil based wood stains. The product is rated as premium so the price of it will reflect this labelling.

Here you can find enough information about some of the most durable and most beautiful floor lacquers available in Ireland. Using a better quality water based floor lacquer is always recommended but of course, budget depending. Just because a floor lacquer costs a lot of money, it does not mean that it is much better than the cheaper option. Some floor lacquers cost more because it is manufactured in a more eco way, others have a superior coverage area, others are compatible with some wood stains while others aren’t. A bit of research will go a long way. If you require any help or if you are not sure how much floor lacquer to buy for your particular requirements, call us or email us. A team of highly skilled professionals are here to help you.

Water Based Floor Lacquers – Pick The Best One

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