Lighter look or deeper colour

Q: I have pine floors from the 30’s. I had them professionally refinished two times in the past. There is no stain and the poly wears away quickly. I recently sanded one room myself and applied oil based poly. It came out darker where I sanded one area more than the rest due to scratches and wear in that area. Continue reading Lighter look or deeper colour

Widespread peeling or flaking

Q: We need your help. We bought a new house in September 2016 and had the floors refinished before moving in. The floors were in different conditions around the house. The first floor was stained dark, the second floor was blonde (probably the original finish since it was previously carpeted) and the kitchen was pre-finished wood according to my contractor and the floor guy. Continue reading Widespread peeling or flaking

Would turpentine peel floor finish?

Q: I run a painting business and have several times used mineral turpentine to clean paint off wood floors with no problem occurring. We’ve recently been blamed for a water-based floor sealer peeling off in a small area, even though it was used throughout the whole flooring. I was wondering if the mineral turps could’ve been the cause of this?

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Finisher seems to have not used the necessary cross linker of two-component waterborne



Q: I work at an event venue. They recently got a new floor installed. The new finish scuffs and absorbs stains.. the word I feel is best to describe the finish is ‘raw’, almost like a piece of pottery that hasn’t been kiln-fired. Continue reading Finisher seems to have not used the necessary cross linker of two-component waterborne




Floors are not even due to settling old house



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: Wanting to get even, no gaps, finished and hi-shine look to hardwood that has buckled due to the settling of our 100-year-old home. No boards have broken; only some have gouges or splitting. For the most part, the distressed look of it all through this living room and the kitchen doesn’t bother me, but it looks worn and dirty all the time even when keeping it dust free and washed. Continue reading Floors are not even due to settling old house




Lighter shades in the middle of refinished floor



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We have had our floors professionally refinished (white oak). There was no stain applied, but an oil-based sealer and two coats of waterborne finish. Most areas look great. There are some areas that have a noticeable color shade difference  – For example, fairly long strips where a hand sander was used to remove the prior finish along with a wall edge. Also a few areas mid floor. Continue reading Lighter shades in the middle of refinished floor




Removing plywood sheeting that’s on top of hardwood we want to refinish



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: The hardwood floors in the dining room have been covered with plywood sheeting, nailed down into the hardwood, with linoleum tiles on top. How can we remove the plywood sheeting with a minimum of damage to the floor underneath? Continue reading Removing plywood sheeting that’s on top of hardwood we want to refinish




How do I buff spots a pole sander can’t reach?



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: First, this is the most informative website I have found (after hours upon hours of research) for the subject of floor finishing. I am grateful for it and thank you. My question would be this – How do I buff spots a pole sander can’t reach? Continue reading How do I buff spots a pole sander can’t reach?




Some strippers need to be neutralized with mineral spirits



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I sanded my 10-yr-old oak floors this weekend. 30 hours sanding using the 10×8 pad sander. After all of that, I found that some of the grain is darker in some boards, meaning that the old varnish absorbed into that grain. The old finish is oil based.  No stain. Continue reading Some strippers need to be neutralized with mineral spirits




Applied a coat of polyurethane but floor still looks dull



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We are in the process of sanding our hardwood floors to have a different stain put on them. We have sanded off all the old stain, used the 120 grit to give a smoother finish, used a polyurethane but it still looks dull. Continue reading Applied a coat of polyurethane but floor still looks dull