|Stephen Perrera |
Rubio Monocoat Hardwood Oil Finish on Large Lumber Installation
Recently I did a Rubio Monocoat hardwood oil finish on an installation up in a ritzy golf villa in Tucson Arizona. I am not seasoned sand and finish person by any means. In fact, I never even have performed a full sand and finish job, only a few screen and recoats along with waxing my own hardwood floor for the last eleven years. That probably gives you an idea of how easy this finish is to do. Although I would not call this system a do it your self-type project unless you are very skilled at sanding and using a buffer.
Rubio Monocoat is probably the most all-natural environmentally friendly finish around these days and is very popular in Europe. It is made of all natural ingredients. Much like the old wax finishes, and the coverage is huge. We did the 1200 square foot project with only 3 ½ pints, cost of around $125.00 a pint. Other hardwood may take more oil depending on the porosity of the wood. Rubio Monocoat also comes in a variety of colors as well. The odor is minimal and not all like a typical polyurethane finish. Touch ups for minor scratches only takes a few minutes and piece of 200 grit paper, Sand out the scratch, rub and buff the finish with a white pad and your done. Not like a polyurethane repair at all as a polyurethane finish can be very difficult to hide even for a skilled professional..
The owner Aaron Roth, a newly transplanted remodel contractor from New York City worked up some samples and came up with a combination of 5% smoke and 95% natural combination, a very natural look. The sample boards are beading water after a week and not showing any spots, full cure time is 3 weeks. Move furniture in after 36 hrs. Repair time takes minutes. VOC's none. Plastic finish, none.
Installation covered a 1200 sf area of 3/4 3ply 8 inch wide pre-sanded European white oak from TEKA via Oregon Lumber (Teka calls it solid engineered, and yes it is 3ply).
Because TEKA pre-sands this hardwood product with 150 grit, after the installation we hit it the floor with 100 grit sand paper. Using 100 grit lets the Monocoat accept more oil. Rubio said you could use 150 but we decided against it. We then decided to hand sand it with pole sanders instead of using the 100-grit screen on the buffer to eliminate any swirl scratch.
Application of the Rubio Monocoat is simple. After the initial sanding to eliminate any foreign substances from the surface during the install you need only a couple of more steps. First is to vacuum. After a good cleaning, we hit the micro bevel with rags first to ensure we got in there, plus the perimeter of course. The next step is to buff in the Rubio Monocoat with a red pad. The last step is to wait fifteen minutes and then hit it with a white pad and you are done! Talk about a time saver, no not the hand sanding, the Rubio Monocoat application. R U kidding?
The owner had tried to do a clear sealer/finish on his concrete for that modern warehouse loft look you see in NY city but it failed and kept powdering. I had performed moisture tests and ph tests and everything turned out normal. No one could figure out what was wrong with the slab so we floated it. My guess was the company used old sealers but could not prove it.
That awesome Board Bully you will see in the photo's was supplied to me for this job (hey freebies are good) from strapclamps.net helped us install the floor under existing baseboards which we undercut. Aaron did not want to pull the baseboard as the owner Aaron did an exquisite job on the painted mdf base, looked perfect! That Board Bully can take a beating and move the 10 foot long 8 inch wide 3/4 inch oak planks under the base on opposing walls. We could not have done the job without it.
I cannot praise these two products enough. Both worked beautifully together. Green is good. Everyone that sees it loves the natural finish of the Rubio Monocoat hard wax oil. Large lumber is awesome. TEKA also makes this in 10" and 12" Got 2 more jobs of it coming up next year already. My feeling on this finish verses your traditional polyurethane finishes is this is going to give them a run for their money.
Pics on my flickr account, this page and first page and also on my website slideshow:
Rubio White Oak
Last Edited 12/5/2010
|Stephen Perrera |
Amazing how many calls I've gotten on this Rubio Monocoat. Just wish they were here in town. lol
Update, it's back on page 5
Rubio on White Oak
Last Edited 9/3/2011
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