Hardwood Finishes Recommended for Reclaimed Wood

We’ve worked with reclaimed wood & flooring since 1984 – so we’ve seen lots of hardwood finishes.
Our experience with Wood Care of America, or  WOCA , rates it among the best.
It’s Environmentally healthy as well as sustainable and user-friendly for application.  Compare for yourself below!

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.

Top Hardwood Floor Finishing Choices

Penetrating Hardening OilWax or Oil FinishWater-Based UrethaneOil Modified UrethanesMoisture-Cured UrethanePolymerized Tung Oil
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)
SyntekoOld Master
Water Lox
Durability:ExcellentGoodVery GoodVery GoodExcellentGood
Odor:MildMild to StrongMildModerateVery StrongStrong
Color:Slight Amber,
Some Have Tints
Slight AmberClear to AmberAmberClear to AmberClear to Amber
Dry Time:24 HoursVariesFastSlowSlow to FastModerate
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.YESYES
Finish Look:Wax LusterWax LusterSatin to GlossSatin to GlossSatin to GlossWax Luster
Water Spots:RemovableWater SpotsWater SpotsWater SpotsWater SpotsWater Spots
Maintenance:LowModerateLowLowLow
Notes:May or may not be penetratingMay dry thicker, scuffsProfessional Application Required

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, Whole Log Lumber will 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 best surface finish 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