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Mahogany porch floor finish help
« on: July 17, 2017, 01:35:34 pm »
I have a covered porch floor that I put down 14 years ago. It's T&G 5/4 Mahogany. For many years we oiled it but it gets southern exposure so it takes a beating. I am screening the porch in with Tiger Wire screen and we want to finish the floor off more "permanent" like an indoor hardwood floor. The screens will protect it a lot, but obviously not 100% so I need to use some kind of Marine finish. What do they use on Mahogany boats? Is that what I should use on the floor? Any other suggestions?

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 03:10:46 pm »
I would go with a Sikkens type product they have one for that type of flooring
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 11:24:08 am »
A lot of marine finishes, especially varnish, are made to be flexible.  Flexible means somewhat soft and unsuitable for flooring.

I don't have any experience with your requirements so not sure what I would use.

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 11:51:56 am »
After much reading and research, I decided to go with Waterlox Marine finish. We'll see how it goes....

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 12:10:50 pm »
This better come with pictures :)
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 11:20:11 am »
So I worked on the porch floor last week and over the long weekend. I took Thursday off and rented a sander. This is the floor before. Kind of hard to see but it's pretty gray and weathered:
 

 

 

 

This is how it looked sanded:
 

 

 

 

This is the sealer (part 1 of the Waterlox finish system). It called for one coat with hardwood and two for softwood. In retrospect I should have done two. Mahogany is a weird hardwood; it's not really the same hardness from board to board or even within the same board in my experience. Some areas soaked up more than others.
 

 

 

 

Here it is with the last coat of the gloss finish. This is part two of the system. The first coat had me scared because it dried kinda blotchy, but I think that was due to the previous step (sealer) soaking in at different rates. Pretty happy with it now. Hopefully the dogs won't tear it up too soon!
 

 

Next weekend I hope to install the Tigerwire screens. Can't wait to get this project done!

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 05:30:28 pm »
That's beautiful. Are rocking chairs allowed on that porch?

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 03:34:17 pm »
Looks great Deermeadow.
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 04:04:48 pm »
Going to install the screens this weekend. More photos to follow!

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 09:07:11 pm »
Yes,that does look good!!!
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2017, 07:24:09 am »
Waterlox is most excellent and I use it on ALL of my wood floors: easy to apply, lovely finish and easy to repair since tung oil amalgamates when reapplied. (ask me how I know?...clue: dogs)  :-[

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2017, 07:54:09 am »
Well, I got most of it done this weekend thanks to my buddy who gave me a hand. Took us about 8 hours on Saturday. The end of the porch is not done. Those were the first two panels we tried since they were the "easiest" but the vendor made them too wide. The opening is 83.25" and his cut sheet showed each panel to be 42.125"; that wouldn't have worked even without deducting for the track on each side and the "H" connector in the middle! Anyway, here are the photos:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2017, 08:15:43 am »
that looks really good. But the floor is still to shiny to be dry?
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2017, 08:26:40 am »
It's dry. I used their gloss finish. I like it a lot.

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2017, 08:39:55 am »
I really want to see what it looks like after a year. I really like it but Wonder how it will hold up to traffic and weather.
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2017, 09:01:35 am »
We'll see I guess. It's a Marine finish so weather probably won't be terrible on it. Screens will keep a lot of the snow off and some rain. I'm more worried about the dogs.

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2017, 09:07:25 am »
What type screening did you use? Looks good and tight.

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2017, 09:11:32 am »
What type screening did you use? Looks good and tight.

Tiger Wire. Pet proof, cut proof. Can be used (like we did) without railings. Will take a 300 pound load without coming out of the frame/tracks. It's a complete system. We wanted to eliminate the railings since they always seem to block your view. This screen is the only option we found where we could do that. It's actually a coated stainless steel wire. Very tough.

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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2017, 09:27:19 am »
That would be nice to fill in below a normal handrail.
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Re: Mahogany porch floor finish help
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2017, 09:49:45 am »
i love your view! coffee in the morning would be great there.
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