Finishing Your Exotic Hardwood Floors.
Be sure to check with your supplier if you are planning to finish your unfinished exotic flooring, as some of the woods present problems with traditional finishes, such as Brazilian Teak. You may have to use oil based
We’d recommend avoiding darker stains, to let the beauty of the grain and pattern to show through. Most woods darken over time – some dramatically – so you don’t want to create muddy-finish floor. Especially if it could be a regal dark and deep natural tone, without any help from a stain.
Also, we’d recommend a softer, satin or matte finish to allow the grain to show, rather reflect like a mirror. A semi gloss will give you a nice sheen without making it look like an ice rink.
A brief description of the type of exotic flooring.
Amendoin: South American, tannish to warm orange, clear to medium grained with brown and red highlights
Ash: North American, not exotic, but rarely used in flooring, clearish white to blond with contrasting light brown grain (look at a baseball bat)
Australian Cypress: Australia, peppered with lots of knots, warm amber with contrasting brown knots
Bloodwood: Brazil, deep rich reddish, orange, brownish – warm and truly stunning
Bubinga: Africa, reddish brown with contrasting red-to purple vertical grain lines – gorgeous
Brazilian Cherry: South America, similar to American Cherry, but slightly more tan/orange. Deepens to reddish brown.
Brazilian Teak: South America, an oily brownish tan wood, with slightly contrasting grain.
Brazilian Walnut: Brazil, A lovely alternative to American walnut, which is only available in recycled material, stable medium to rich browns
Bolivian Rosewood: South America, rosy, rich with contrasting graining in reddish brown
Doussie: Africa, golden flax to dark brown, with interesting contrasting grains in brownish orange, darkens over time
Hickory: North America, Light white to medium browns with clear delineations in the same plank, unusual and elegant, An American exotic
Lapacho – Patagonian Walnut: South America, golden, medium to darker brown, can have green, darkens to warm golden amber brown
Patagonian Rosewood – Agnico: South America, wide range of colors and tones from lights to reds, orange, brown even black, changes over time to deep red brown hue.
Padouk – Africa: Deep reds, orange hues and browns, changes dramatically to darker reds and deep brown over time, stunning
Santos Mahogany: South America, Very stable, lovely graining, orange, tan, amber, even purplish, with modest darkening over time
Tigerwood: South America, lively contrasting reddish grains on this golden to orange wood, deepens over time to warm reddish brown
Wenge: Africa, dark chocolate to warm yellow with vivid dark contrasting graining, already dark, Wenge deepens to a deep, warm brown in time.