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Old 05-11-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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Quarter-sawn oak subfloor prep

No one could talk me out of having custom milled 1/2" x 1.5" quarter sawn white oak "real" wood flooring.. I picked it up from the mill today, looks pretty.

So, Im down to the original sub-floor in my 62 GT... wow, is it nice! No rot, no raised seams, solid. I plan on doing up to the cabinets and all the way back into the bathroom, about 50 sq ft or so.

Ive done a few small hardwood floor jobs that have turned out well, and am not worried about the install part of this job other than the prep. I plan to glue and staple.. I'm not sure if there is a product I should consider using to "seal" the original sub-floor with first, at least the edges where moisture is most likely? Anyone used POR 15 on their sub-floor? Also, what to use under the floor as a barrier? On the other jobs I used paper, is there something more suitable and thin?

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Old 05-11-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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Some here have spoken of a marine grade epoxy product which seals the wood. That would be my suggestion for the entire floor before the Oak goes down.

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Old 05-11-2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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Hi, I use tempro along all the edges and seams. Then...surprise...surprise....I have found that regular old floor waterproofing paint works great. Applied with a roller. I use battleship grey, a couple coats. I then put down a layer of the same underlayment used for Pergo flooring. Leaving an expansion area along the walls and finally a quarter round. I sometimes use a silicone (horrors!) to hold and seal that quarter makes for easy future maintenance.
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I do love quarter sawn oak!! I have two gate leg tables make of it. Just beautiful!! The vendor I've dealt with for white oak says it now comes from China, and the last batch he received didn't impress him for some reason. That, and I just could not go $60 for a 4X8 sheet of quarter inch!!!
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Well did u get the oak floor done?? Would love to see a few pictures of the result!
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back on the attack

Someone reading my old thread here has inquired about the progress.. well, last year the progress consisted of getting a new axle installed.. Thats all I got done. This year, i am on the attack! Yes the floors are done. Yes they look amazing.. not sure I would go this route again tho. Ive got the plumbing done, gas lines run, and much more. I am now putting it all back together. I will post pics and be more interactive with this site again soon.. I tend to sell projects that get abandoned.. Im glad I didn't sell this one.. It is so cool. Hope to finish it by the end of the month. Off work now, and attacking it 8-10 hours a day. Moving right along! Pics soon! Thanks for the inquiry.

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