Basic®Coatings STREETSHOE® 275 Product Review Page
© Copyright Author Gary Hughes/Woodfloor-Renovations
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Basic®Coatings STREETSHOE® 275
Waterbased Wood Floor Finish
StreetShoe® is the industry benchmark for waterbased finishes.
STREETSHOE® 275 is easy to apply and is the toughest most chemical restisant, fastest curing finish on the market. Only Basic®Coatings offers a waterbased finish available in four sheens that is ideal for all commercial, sports and residential applications.
- 275 VOC: LEED compliant.
- No waste; can be recatalyzed.
- Fastest cure available; 90% cured in 24 hours.
- Easy to apply.
- UV Inhibitor minimizes sunlight-related color changes.
- Four sheens (Super Matte, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Gloss).
- Ultimate in durability.
The above text is the Basic®Coatings product information about their splendid STREETSHOE® 275 wood floor lacquer/finish which we used on one of our projects for the first time [end March 2012]
The flooring material we were working on was Pine Parquet Blocks, on this project there were a few loose blocks which we promptly fe-fixed back into position in this 15m2 Study. When we had finished the block repairs, the floor was then ready to be sanded.
We sanded off and prepared the Pine parquet block floor to our usual high standard, After the preparation work was done, the areas were thoroughly vacuumed and then tack clothed as well to remove any fine residual dust and debris.
For the first coat on this pine parquet floor we used Junckers Baseprime to give a lovely natural colourization to the parquet and also to protect the subsequent coats of lacquer from any possible cross contamination. The lacquer system for this project was 1 coat of Junckers Baseprime followed by 2 x coats of Streetshoe 275 Satin finish lacquer.
When we first poured out the Streetshoe 275 [Satin] onto the floor, it was white-ish/creamy in appearance and sat nicely on the floor prior to our cutting in of the parquet floor border.
The Streetshoe 275 worked easily and covered the Pine parquet block floor very nicely leaving no lap lines at all, reworking was minimal, just quick rub over with the 4" foam roller we were using to cut in and any proud areas of lacquer were gone leaving a lovely clean, crisp and even finish to the floor.
When we applied the Streetshoe 275 Satin to the main areas of the floor we used a new 15" medium pile roller, [8mm or just over 1/4"] we poured out an amount of product onto the floor to apply directly, the lacquer sat nicely on the parquet and rolled out particularly easily and evenly to cover the floor very well indeed, the product levelled out quickly as well, leaving no lap lines whatsoever, this is a very easy product to apply and has been specially formulated to be applied using a roller !!
When the first coat of lacquer had dried, aesthetically the product had a very nice clear look to it meaning the natural grain structure of the pine parquet blocks shone through, and the Satin finish we were using had the right level of sheen for a Satin finish - Not too shiny nor too Matt - Just right in our opinion...
We found the Lacquer drying times were rather quick as well, well under the 2 hours per coat that the manufacturers say is normal, we applied the 3 coat lacquer system in under 3 hours overall, which is good for the application of any lacquer system, especially a quality high traffic product such as this one...
In summary STREETSHOE® 275 is clearly a high quality 2 part formulation, this finish is particularly easy to apply to a wooden floor, is quick drying, and looks stunning when properly applied, this really is the complete floor finish package in my opinion. Even though the Streetshoe 275 is primarily aimed at professional contractors, any competent person attempting to properly Sand and Refinish their own floors should be able to achieve a top quality result with this excellent product.
We did have one small critique though - that was the can opening !! it is rather large, pretty much twice the size of the can openings here in the UK, but once you get over pouring out too much product [once or twice] you soon get used to it, that said, we noticed there were virtually NO DRIPS of lacquer which came off this can and annoyingly dripped onto the floor at all, ALL the cans I have ever worked with here in the UK drip endlessly and can be a bit of a pain.
The coverage rate we achieved with STREETSHOE® 275 was also good, on this project we achieved a coverage rate of around 12 m2 per litre of product [129 sq feet per litre], and considering the parquet blocks in the room were a little gappy, we were perfectly happy with the coverage rates achieved with this product.
STREETSHOE® 275 came delivered to us in a 3.78 litre, or 1 US Gallon can, and is available in 4 different sheen levels which are:- Super matte, Satin, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss
All these finishes will look superb when properly applied and it would of course depend on the choice of the end user as to what aesthetic sheen level best suits their particular area /room/project that this product is being applied into.
The above pictures are of the room in its direct "before and after" condition - A bit of a transformation I think you would agree.
*NB* Woodfloor-Renovations would like to thank Kellie Zdybek, Senior Inside Sales Representative for Basic®Coatings US for her help and valued assistance on this project. Thanks Kellie.
We are very often asked 'How many coats of lacquer do i need' - the simple answer is as many as you like, but this always relates to cost & the time frame involved in the project. As a general rule of thumb a Professional Floor Sanding company will specify 3 Coats of Lacquer/Seal or 2 coats of Oil as a standard system for a domestic situation, extra coats of lacquer will be at an extra cost, anything between £4 - £6 per coat per m2 eg. For a 20m2 lounge to be given a 4th coat of lacquer should cost between £80 - £120
If in doubt just ask your Floor Sanding Professional.
STREETSHOE® 275 can be applied to a wood floor in a number of ways, a floor sanding professional will use a variety of application methods depending on the size of project, but if you are looking to apply lacquer to for example a 20m2 lounge, Oak strip, a 9" roller would be a perfectly acceptable application method, the roller refill you need should be a 'medium pile' with the pile length being approx 8mm, a decent quality roller will have that information on the packet, use an inch and three quarter roller and cage, these are more robust and just better than the cheaper inch and a half alternatives.
- 'Remember' STREETSHOE® 275 has been especially formulated to be applied with a roller.
- Look out for a light blue line around the roller refill, this designates that the pile has been thermo fused onto the actual roller sleeve and is highly unlikely to shed hair/pile into the lacquer.
For cutting in we would recommend using a 4" Mini Paint Roller with a foam refill, these products are cheap but do the job extremely well. You don't always have to buy the manufacturers recommended products, which are normally twice the price of perfectly suitable alternatives.
The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Woodfloor-Renovations through our experiences with the numerous Floor Sanding & Sealing projects that we have undertaken.
** No guarantee whatsoever is offered with this advice **
REMEMBER: ALWAYS follow the manufacturers instructions and read them carefully.
If you are not sure about any aspect of this article consult a Professional.
The links below are Product Technical information sheets from the Manufacturers and should be of use. They are all PDF Files and clicking on the links will open your computers PDF reading program.