Thanks for responses. Seems you all have had good luck with the water based finsishes, I have read they are not so durable.
Guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.
I shop at Menards, they had a "floor" poly in Minwax and "High traffic floor" in Varathane brand, of course, about $8-10 more a gallon than the regular.
Not sure what wife will want, she may like the yellow or honey look the poly will give. The little sanding I did looks to be maybe a hard maple or the likes, not oak from what I can tell, not an oka color or grain.
I suspect it will be high gloss no matter what she goes with.
Menards had a low nap brush style applicator for oil. Many of the youtbue videos I have watched show people using these or just a big brush.
BEST WAY TO GO CALL PROFESSIONAL, THEN GO FISHING OR TRACTORING JUST SAYIN.
I already have checked with a few.....if I paid someone to do it, I wouldn't have money to go anywhere or do anything for a long time. Most are charging $2.50-3.50 per square foot.....I have a lot of square foot.
I still have to buy materials to expand mudroom, build a bedroom, add a 100 amps sub panel and buy a water softener before we can move in, gotta save money anywhere I can so floors are on me!
I am hoping to have all my coats down within a week. Mom is Leaving July 3rd, planning to leave work early, sand the rest of that day, then start finishing.
I pulled some carpet back last night, hit it with 100 grit on my small belt sander "just to see". It will definitely need a coarse grit to strip, not much taken off and it clogged that belt in a heartbeat, but...I was just experimenting
We found this issue when we pulled upstairs carpet also, but it seems they had a nice finish on the outside 1 1/2-2' then the center of room was maybe carpet or some type of floor covering over wood. It appears to be two different colors, maybe they stained the outside edge before finishing or it's just was maintained over the years iwth polish, etc, I dunno.
Guess I will not know until I get the sander in there. I am borrowing a 17" circular buffer style sander, but I am going to rent a belt or drum sander. Just afraid the circular will make scratch marks going across grain, I can run belt sanding with grain.