Hardwood Finishes Recommended for Reclaimed Wood

We’ve crafted quality reclaimed wood in North Carolina since 1984 and seen lots of  hardwood finishes.

In our experience, WOCA surface finishes are among the best for fine woods and healthy interior environments. We recommend and use them for all our products.

As a a distributor of WOCA products, we’ll help you select the color and oil viscosity to best compliment your wood selections.  When necessary, we’ll provide complete instructions and guidance until your installation and finishing is completed.

Pre-Finishing is available upon request.

WOCA is a non-VOC vegetable oil which is user friendly and environmentally safe for your home, family and pets.  Floors are easily cared for and will keep looking just as fresh as they were when new, with simple maintenance, and can be easily refreshed when needed.   Mantels, beams and accent walls will exude a natural warmth in a range of colors.

In the Table below
Compare  WOCA alongside other wood finishing products, to select the surface finish best for your project.

WOCA Products provide penetrating, hardening oil finishes that resist damage by heavy wear, nicks and cuts.

  • Easy touch-ups when needed
  • Environmentally-friendly and VOC-free (non-combustible)
  • Easy to use – Easy to maintain
  • Natural smell and touch
  • No chipping, peeling or toxic off-gassing

Please Note:

The below is meant as a guide only, and is not intended to be a complete listing. Your own research may be warranted.

Hardwood Floor Finishing Choices

Penetrating Hardening Oil Wax or Oil Finish Water-Based Urethane Oil Modified Urethanes Moisture-Cured Urethane Polymerized Tung Oil
Durability: Excellent Good Very Good Very Good Excellent Good
Odor: Mild Mild to Strong Mild Moderate Very Strong Strong
Color: Slight Amber,
Some Have Tints
Slight Amber Clear to Amber Amber Clear to Amber Clear to Amber
Dry Time: 24 Hours Varies Fast Slow Slow to Fast Moderate
Combustible: NO – CARE must be maintained when disposing of any application materials. YES – CARE must be maintained when disposing of ANY application materials. NO – CARE must be maintained when disposing of any application materials. YES – CARE must be maintained when disposing of ANY application materials. Solvent evaporates as it cures. YES YES
Finish Look: Wax Luster Wax Luster Satin to Gloss Satin to Gloss Satin to Gloss Wax Luster
Water Spots: Removable Water Spots Water Spots Water Spots Water Spots Water Spots
Maintenance: Low Moderate Low Low Low
Notes: May or may not be penetrating May dry thicker, scuffs Professional Application Required
Brand Names: Bio-Shield (VOC)
Watco
WOCA
Benjamin Moore
Bio-Shield (VOC)
Cabot
Linseed Oil
Monocoat
Penofin
Tung Oil
Benjamin Moore
Bona Kemi
Buckeye Areva
Cabot
Dura Seal
Helmsman
Minwax
Safe Coat
Sherwin Williams
Buckeye Areva
Coliseum
Crystal Cote
Minwax (Water based)
SIKA Floor
Water Lox (not Tung Oil)
Synteko Old Master
Water Lox