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    I'm applying 5 coats of urethane to T&G plywood flooring in my cabin. It's a very clear, bright finish, however, my dog's nails still leave scars in the wood. Is there a clear finish that is harder than urethane or am I relegated to a dozen coats?

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    Put booties on the dog when he comes inside...they sell them at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.

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    Cut his nails or get him his own house...with no fancy floor.
    Your sarcasm is way, waaaayyyyyyyy more sarcastic than mine!

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    Yes, there is a stronger protectant than urethane, however it will stink (as in smell) alot until it is cured. the product is a 1-part and sometimes a 2-part epoxy type product which is basically undyed fiberglass resin. Have you ever seen a bar that had coins, cards or bottle caps laminated inside a thick layer? That is not 100+ layers of urethane, its this stuff i'm refering to. I don't know any brand names or even the exact name of the product, however any time i have wanted to use it, all i had to do was explain what it is to the "paint guy" in any major chain hardware store, and they know exactly what i was looking for. As mentioned earlier, it is VERY smelly, and the fumes border on explosive (NO SMOKING!!!) if used in a unvented area until the stuff cures, and then is odorless. These products are great for protection (they don't desolve once cured even with 151 proof rum on it for long times) however its major downfall is cost. make sure you research and plan well before using it, mistakes will be expensive to fix. the stuff is easy to work with, it can be "painted" rolled or even poured/squeegied (spelling?) to a smooth layer and is water proof. I haven't used this stuff for a few years so i don't know current pricing, but its worth checking out. I hope this helped and i wish you luck.

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    Coatings that are harder than the substrate have their own set of problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    Coatings that are harder than the substrate have their own set of problems.
    I agree with Mr. Pid. If yu have settling and movement in the floor you may face cracking of the coating.

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    Sounds like my best option is to use a laminate. The coating isn't the issue, it's the soft wood. Thanks for the feedback.

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    One of the hardest finishes I have dealt with is Bona Traffic. It's a two part acrylic water based product. Don't let the water based part fool you, it's really tough. At $100 a gallon it'd better be.
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