6 advantages to basic® Coatings Waterbased finish
1. More Durable

Basic Coatings products were tested with a Taber Abrasion machine. This test determines a coatings' resistance to abrasion. Resistance to abrasion is defined as the ability of a coating to withstand mechanical action such as scuffing or erosion.

  • StreetShoe® 275 Taber Abrasion readings were 5 times more resistant than the average competitive Oil Modified Uretane (OMU).

2. Less Volatile Organic Compounds

VOC are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. These gases can have adverse health effects. They also combine with other elements in the presence of sunlight to form smog, a major air pollutant. The government has begun restricting the amount of VOC's that can be included in certain products.

  • Waterbased coatings typically have half as much VOC content as the traditional Oil Modified Urethane (OMU).
  • Basic Coatings waterbased finishes produce less odor than fragrant OMU's
  • Green: Several of Basic® Coatings waterbased finishes meet the strictest of government regulations and LEED requirements.

3. Faster Dry Times

Multiple coats of waterbased finish can be applied in one day. The coating job will take less time and the floor can be back in use faster.

4. Faster Cure Times

StreetShoe® and StreetShoe® 275 are the fastest curing finishes on the market. Both are 90% cured in 24 hours. This means less downtime and you can be back on the floor faster. It also means that the VOC is removed from the floor faster.

5. Less Yellowing

Waterbased finishes will retain a clear non-yellowing appearance. OMU finishes may turn to an unsightly yellow appearance over time.

  • If you don't want a clear look but still would like to use a waterbased coating, a stain can be used to change the appearance. Also, Emulsion from Basic Coatings has more color than typical waterbased urethanes.


6. Non-Flammable

OMU's contain petroleum distillantes, which are combustible or flammable. Waterbased finishes are not combustible nor flammable.

  • The vapors of OMU's are also combustible or flammable. Pilot lights and other sources of spark must be turned off during the application of OMU finishes.
  • Mineral spirits or solvents are needed to clean applicators or accidental spills when using OMU's. Rags and other materials that have residue from OMU's on them must be stored in safety containers to prevent spontaneous combustion.


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You deserve the ultimate protection for your hardwood floors.

Why Waterbased Finish

  • durable protection
  • more color choices
  • green product - low voc's
  • fast dry times
  • low odor

    StreetShoe waterbased wood floor finish
StreetShoe ® Waterbased Finish

This waterbased wood finish adds beauty and protection to any environment, and it's UV inhibitor minimizes sunlight-related color changes.

StreetShoe's two-component formula offers the durability and performance needed for commercial, residential and sports floors.