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ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly

Fast-drying, oil base polyurethane that dries to a smooth tough, abrasion resistant finish.


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Product Overview

ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly is an incredibly fast-drying, oil-based polyurethane that dries to a smooth finish on bare wood, in just two hours, with no brush marks. Featuring a tough, abrasion-resistant finish and self-leveling properties, it works beautifully on hardwood floors, cabinets, furniture, and woodwork.

Coats: 2, 3 coats recommended for floors

Clean Up: Mineral spirits

Coverage: 500 – 600 square feet per gallon

Dry Time: 2 hours, 4 – 6 hours final coat

  • Oil base
  • Available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin, matte
  • Application by natural bristle brush, lambswool applicator, spray
  • Ideal for hardwood floors, cabinets, furniture, bartops, doors, and woodwork
  • Smooth, self-leveling
  • CSI Masterformat® 09 93 23 Interior Polyurethanes
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  • Wood
  • Faux wood
  • Plastic
  • Fiberglass
  • Masonite®
  • MDF
  • Metal
Metal Door Made to Look like Wood
How to Give a Metal Door Woodgrain Using ZAR®

New Wood
Sand smooth using fine sandpaper and vacuum any sanding dust.* Wipe it clean with a tack cloth or cloth dampened with paint thinner or mineral spirits, and allow it to dry.

Old Finishes in Good Condition
Remove all dirt, oil, wax, polish, and grease with turpentine or a suitable solvent. Sand lightly in the direction of the grain to remove gloss.* Wipe it clean with a tack cloth or cloth dampened with paint thinner or mineral spirits, and allow it to dry.

Old Finishes in Poor Condition, Lacquer or Shellac
Remove completely.* If the old finish contains wax or stearates, regardless of condition, remove it completely. Sand and remove sanding dust with tack rag or cloth dampened with paint thinner or mineral spirits.

Interior surfaces of Stained Steel or Fiberglass Entry Doors
Do not sand stained door surfaces. Wood stain must be thoroughly dry.

Note: to ensure satisfactory results, always prepare a sample or test the product on an inconspicuous area to determine compatibility prior to completing the entire job. Do not apply over finishes containing stearates or aluminum oxide.


Stir all sheens, except ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly Gloss, thoroughly before and during application. Do not shake. Apply straight from the can. Do not thin. Use a clean bristle brush or a lambswool applicator. Dip the brush in the can and let the excess drip off. Flow ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly on in the direction of the grain. Avoid over brushing which may trap air bubbles in the finish and result in streaks. Make the final pass of the applicator a skimming stroke across the entire surface. Apply thin coats at a rate of 500 – 600 square feet per gallon in the direction of the grain.

Floor Application
If floor is to be stained prior to applying ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly, let the stain dry according to the manufacturer’s directions. Areas with poor ventilation, such as closed rooms, corners and hallways, may take longer to dry. Prepare surface as above. Use a lambswool applicator and spread the finish towards the opposite wall, following the wood grain. When approaching the end of a run, turn the applicator towards you and spread out the excess material parallel to wet edge. Feather out all turns. For maximum protection, apply 3 coats of ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly. Allow floors to dry for 24 hours before subjecting to light foot traffic, and for 3 – 5 days before moderate (normal) traffic or moving furniture. To avoid marring the floor, lift and place furniture. One week is required before maximum resistance is achieved. Do not cover floors with rugs before 1 week has elapsed. If floors should become marred or scratched, simply sand lightly using fine sandpaper, vacuum any sanding dust, wipe clean with a tack cloth or microfiber cloth, and apply another coat to repair the finish.

11 oz. Spray Can Application
Apply when air and surface temperatures are between 65°F and 85°F. ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly spray cans should be shaken vigorously before and during application with the exception of the Gloss sheen. Practice on scrap wood to establish proper spray technique. Hold container 10 – 12 inches from the surface. Apply light, even strokes. If bubbles or runs occur, wipe them clean with paint thinner or mineral spirits. Allow each coat to dry for at least 2 hours. Drying time may vary due to temperature and humidity. Sand lightly, except for fiberglass or wood-grained metal surfaces. Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth or a clean rag dampened with mineral spirits. Reapply ZAR® Interior Oil Base Poly, a minimum of 3 coats. Allow the final coat to dry for 4 – 6 hours.


Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused contents in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.


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A: Not all variants (sizes, colors, finishes, etc.) of products are available for purchase on ZAR​.com. If a price and Add to Cart” button appear, it can be purchase directly through our website. If a product is not available online, click or tap Where to Buy” to search for dealers in your area that carry the product.

Q: Can ZAR Polyurethanes be used over paint?
A: Our ZAR Polyurethanes are best applied to bare wood or over a cured wood stain. They are not designed for use over paint.

Q: Do I need to sand between coats of ZAR Polyurethane?
A: Sanding is not required, but if desired a light scuff with 220 grit sandpaper can help to promote intercoat adhesion. 

Q: Can ZAR Stain or ZAR Polyurethane be applied over a lacquer or shellac?
A: No, a lacquer or shellac must be fully removed. 

USAGE STATEMENT: Prior to use, carefully read the product label and follow the directions. For technical information, warnings, cautions, notices, and additional information, download and read the documentation available on this website.

California Residents: Prop 65 WARNING(S)

* WARNING: If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1 – 800-424-LEAD or visit www​.epa​.gov/lead.