coverage rates for
Stains / sealers / finishes

When finishing hardwood floors, although important, dry times should not be relied on too heavily. Dry times on stains, sealers, and finishes refer to how a product behaves in perfect conditions. How many job sites have PERFECT conditions? (Spoiler alert — not many!) Use manufacturer-recommended dry times as a general guideline.

WATER-BASED SEALER COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Arboritec 1st Coat 400-500 sf/gallon 20-60 minutes
Arboritec Vibrant 450-500 sf/gallon 40-60 minutes
Bona NaturalSeal 400-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
Bona IntenseSeal 400-600 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
Bona ClassicSeal 500-600 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
Bona AmberSeal 400-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
Bona NordicSeal 400-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
Pallmann Pall-X Color 450-500 sf/gallon 1-2 hours
Pallmann Pall-X Clear 450-500 sf/gallon 1-2 hours
PoloPlaz Pearl 500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
PoloPlaz NSB 500 sf/gallon 3 hours
ONE-COMPONENT WATER-BASED FINISH COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Arboritec Classic 500-600 sf/gallon 2-4 hours 24 hours 4 days
Bona Mega 500-600 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 7 days
Bona Mega One 500-600 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 5 days
Pallmann Power 450-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 5 days
Pallmann 96 450-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 7 days
PoloPlaz 1K 450-500 sf/gallon 2-3 hours
TWO-COMPONENT WATER-BASED FINISH COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Arboritec Avenue 350-400 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 3 days
Arboritec Genuine 5 350-400 sf/gallon 2-4 hours
Arboritec Genuine Naked 350-400 sf/gallon 2-4 hours
Bona Mega HD 500-600 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 7 days
Bona Traffic HD 350-400 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 3 days
Bona Traffic Naturale 350-400 sf/gallon 2-3 hours 24 hours 7 days
Pallmann Gold (98) 450-500 sf/gallon 2 hours 24 hours 3 days
PoloPlaz Endure 450 sf/gallon 3-4 hours 24 hours 7 days
HARDWAX OIL COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Arboritec Miracle Oil 325-550 sf/L 12-16 hours
Bona Craft Oil 600-800 sf/L Neutral - 8 hours, Colors - 12 hours 8-12 hours 5-7 days
Ciranova Titan Hardwaxoil 275-325 sf/L 8 hours 24 hours 10 days
Rubio Monocoat 300-500 sf/L 24-36 hours 24-36 hours 5-6 days
REACTIVE STAINS COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Ciranova Pink Blocker 2C 160-225 sf/L 6-12 hours
Ciranova NT 100-150 sf/L 6 hours
OIL-BASED FINISH COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
PoloPlaz Supreme 500 sf/gallon
PoloPlaz Primero 500 sf/gallon
Masterline Poly 500-600 sf/gallon 8-10 hours 12-24 hours
Duraseal Poly 500 sf/gallon 8 hours 12-24 hours
Woodline Poly 500-600 sf/gallon 8-12 hours 24 hours 14 days
ALCOHOL-BASED SEALER COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Zinzer 500-600 sf/gallon <1 hour
OIL-BASED SEALER COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
Bona DriFast Sealer 600-700 sf/gallon 1.5-2 hours
OIL-BASED STAINS COVERAGE DRY TIME FOOT TRAFFIC FULLY CURED
PoloPlaz Supreme Stain 500-1200 sf/gallon 3 hours
Bona DriFast Stain 800-1000 sf/gallon 2 hours
Duraseal Quick Coat Stain 500-800 sf/gallon 2-3 hours

Temperature and humidity are the influential factors in dry times. Excesses in either can greatly hinder or halt drying and curing of the products. The NWFA recommends that the jobsite should be in normal living conditions (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and 30-50% relative humidity) for as long as possible before working on a jobsite–whether installing or sanding and finishing a floor. This ensures that the floors are acclimated, minimizing expansion and contraction.

When applying products, consult the manufacturer-recommended application method, coverage rate, and dry time. These are all important factors in making sure the product behaves as it should. Stick with what the manufacturer says about coverage rates and application methods. Dry times are only a guess, as each jobsite will behave differently. After the recommended dry time, inspect the floor. If it feels dry, then you’re probably good to go ahead with the next step. If the floor still feels tacky, give it more time!

*This information comes from the technical data sheet provided by the manufacturer. Actual performance will differ from job to job.

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