Scratched prefinished floors, covered in surface scratches

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Q: What can I do with pre-finished rosewood floors that are covered in surface scratches? The scratched prefinished floors are only 3 years old but they look horrible especially in the sunlight.

A: There are chemical preparations that help to prepare these aluminum oxide finishes for re-coating. I haven’t used them and don’t know just how effective they are. It would likely be a fairly expensive process. I think you will end up having them sanded and finished. The coatings that are used on these floors is by design abrasion resistant. This makes it very difficult to scratch or abrade the coating sufficiently to apply another coating on top.

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