Surface Finishes

Sydney Timber Flooring experts surface finishes can be complicated we can advise and help you choose a finish for your timber floor.
Choosing a finish for your floor will determine the type of sheen your floorboards have, future maintenance needed and whether your new wooden floor has a high or low wear density.

Flooring oils are protectors of timber floors as they penetrate deeper into the timber grain. Polyurethanes are considered to be surface or plastic coating.

Finish for Timber Floor

Sydney Timber Flooring Experts surface finishes for your timber floors. Some of the beautiful timber flooring finishes we offer include…

Solvent based Polyurethane

Solvent based Polyurethane has greater abrasion resistance and provides a harder floor finish. This type of finish generally needs less routine maintenance.

Water Base Polyurethane

Water Base Polyurethane – Good wear and tear resistance. This finish is generally applied over a sealer; this enhances the colour of the timber. Available in matt and satin finishes. Very low VOC’s.


Tung Oil / Gemini

Tung Oil / Gemini is a more traditional type of finish using an oil base mixed with a solvent. This type of finish requires regular maintenance and the colour will naturally darken over time. Leaves a very soft and natural appearance.

China Wood Oil (Organ Oil)

China Wood Oil (Organ Oil) penetrates deeply into the wood and provides a natural matt finish.

Modified Tung Oil

Modified Tung Oil has been modified for faster drying time and is easier to maintain than the original Tung Oil.

Timber Floor Finishes

Staining existing floorboards

Staining of your existing floorboards can give you a variety of colours from which to choose.


Timber Polish TypeFinishTimber ProtectionWear FactorMaintenance
Natural OilMattExcellentLowHigh
Tung OilSemi-GlossExcellentLowHigh
Polyurethane (Water based)Satin or MattModerateExcellentLow
PolyurethaneGloss Satin or Semi-GlossLowExcellentLow

(The actual wear varies considerably from household to household, protection is not scratch resistance)


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