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Questions about Bona Traffic over a new floating cork floor

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I've posted this over on the diy board, but maybe it's too advanced for that group since I'm not getting any response. Hopefully you guys can help.

I'm installing a floating cork floor in my basement over Delta FL underlayment. I'm leaning towards adding a coat or two of Bona Traffic for the added durability and to seal the seams. I'm assuming it would be easier to do the coat of traffic before I install the baseboards. True?

What should be the process for prepping the new floor to take the Traffic? Specific grit to use? Should I rent a specific machine to do this, or can it be done easily by hand? I'm doing about 800 sq ft between three rooms.

How long after applying the Traffic can I cover up the floor with red rosin paper? I'm going to spray a final coat of paint on my trim after it's installed, so I need to mask the floor.

Also, what do you guys do with floating floors around door casings? Most manufacturers want ~3/8" expansion gap all the way around, but my door casings have a profile that ranges from ~3/16"-9/16" thick. The floor would look pretty bad if didn't go underneath the door casings all the way.

Thanks in advance.
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You are right about cutting away the drywall behind the casing. Have the vac handy and clear away some expansion space.
Also, your decision to do this before the baseboard goes up makes good sense. Though the floor can receive general foot traffic in 24 hours, it is susceptible to scuffing until it is fully cured, which is 7 days. Bona suggests that rugs do not go down until it is fully cured, so I would not tape any paper down until then as well.
I can not speak to the performance or suitability of Bona Traffic on a cork, floating floor. Of course, you are not planning to put the bona down over a prefinished product, right?
'Metro M & L' suggested 'cooking the poly'. It is true that temperature and humidity will be key factors in the curing process, but be sure to stay within the recommended conditions of 65-80˚F/ 40-60% relative humidity.
You can find some more info HERE.
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...I was going to post the URL for Bona's Prep brochure which shows where I'm getting this info from, but I can't post links until I've got 15 posts.
Bona Prep Brochure
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