Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eco Home: Earthpaint Aqualine Floor Finish Review

As I've mentioned in my previous review, our attic is finally coming together. It better be ready for our little bundle, I'm so done carrying the extra weight of two large watermelons! We are DIY-selfers when it comes to this renovation, the idea was to spend as little as possible and still have a nice, non-toxic room. For the flooring we chose to buy some high grade plywood, finish it with a non-toxic finish, and place a natural wool rug over it for the kids to play on. To complete the equation, Earthpaint has generously sent us a gallon of their Aqualine Satin Wood Finish for review. This low odor floor finish is very affordable and safe, plus it is so easy to use, anyone can do it!

My husband completed the entire application of two coats (one stain and one clear) in one evening. The next morning there was virtually no smell. While it was being applied there was a slight odor, it was mildly annoying for the due-any-minute me. We have no windows there so the only ventilation is the portable HVAC unit. Nevertheless, I would take this any day over a conventional stinky floor finish from a big box store!

We chose the Light Cedar stain color which comes in a separate syringe and you just mix it with the clear Aqualine Satin liquid. The hardest part was just keeping up with how fast it dries, hubby definitely broke a sweat as he was doing it! It may have acted a little different on solid hardwood, but the plywood was like a thirsty sponge. It wasn't the ideal material, but within our budget. If it looks so great on our plywood above, I can imagine how awesome it would look on real hardwood! More photos coming soon of the finished attic, patience.

The Aqualine Satin Floor Finish is priced at $55.97 a gallon and covers about 600 square feet (about half that for a rough finish like our plywood). If you prefer a semi-gloss finish, their NanoTech Wood and Concrete Sealer is something to consider, it is pricier at $93.15 a gallon and covers 600 to 800 square feet on hardwood (350-550 on soft wood). That's not all Earthpaint has to offer, they carry great deck stain, non-toxic paint, wood finishes, and wood cleaners.  

Earthpaint is a sustainable, U.S. based company and all of their products are made locally in Asheville, NC from local materials within a days drive of their location. The company was started by Tom Rioux, a professional painter of 25 years, who was poisoned by the paints and wood finish that he was told is safe. Earthpaint is committed to creating the highest quality healthy finishes on the market. Kudos to such a great business for providing alternatives to petro-poisons! 

Ask Earthpaint for advice on what finish to use for your project!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.


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