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Questions about brazilian walnut and finish

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I (hope, if he accepts my bid) am about to do a 5" wide plank brazilian walnut floor w/ a 10 year finish. All I have for a nailer is the bostich stapler and I was told not to use this but to use the cleat nailer because the brazilian walnut is so hard. Is this necessary? I could definately see the staples braking off the tongue like it does to hickory but have never worked w/ this type of wood and w/ hickory I have used my stapler. If so, has anyone ever used the grizzly cleat nailer (looks just like the bostich but 1/2 the price and it's green instead of yellow) and does it work well and does it use bostich cleat nails? I would hate to have to order grizzly nails every time I had to use it!
Also w/ the 10 year finish, the guy has 3 black labs and I'm affraid the finish isnt going to hold up so I'm concidering doing a light sand and topcoat w/ a polyurethane over the factory finish. I've never done this over factory finish and was curious if it was as easy as a light sand and put down more finish? I know that's alot of questions for one post but thanks for any help...
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I dont sell jobs like that, I'm very straight forward. It was actually the flooring retailer that recommended the topcoat. I told the guy the dogs are going to scratch the finish no matter what. I told him with his dogs he's prolly going to be on the every 5 year refinish plan. The dogs are why he's going brazilian walnut. He wanted american walnut which stinks because I get this waaay cheaper but oh well. Also the flooring retailer told me a topcoat would NOT void the factory warranty. I would make him put it in writing and sign it before I purchased the product however. It just seems like the finish on this floor isnt very hard. I can scratch it w/ my finger nail so I could just imagine what those muts are going to do to it!
How about selling him unfinished brazilian walnut, and finishing the floor with something more durable, like a moisture cure product?
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