How many coats of finish for a pine floor

Q: We had our pine floors sanded and they put a coat of polyurethane on and are coming back tomorrow to put the final coat on. Is this enough? Now I am reading everywhere that at least 3 coats should go on. Are we getting ripped off?

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Sander marks noticed after stain job

Q: I just had my hall, lounge, and dining room floorboards repaired, sanded and stained. They were in a bad way, with broken boards and gauges, which were all filled or replaced. The job looked like it was being done well.

However, now that it is stained and finished I have noticed areas at the edge where they missed sander marks. And the hall boards are still undulating, highest in the middle of boards.

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Polyurethane peeling around redone areas

Q: My red oak floors were sanded, stained and finished six months ago, in July. Immediately after, we noticed the cut-in around the baseboards in the kitchen and living room were shiny. Our contractor determined that one can of poly wasn’t appropriately stirred, so he reapplied the poly after buffing it down. (I believe it was buffed – perhaps sanded is the better term?)

Now, six months later, I found a board with poly peeling around the edges. As I inspected the rest of the areas, I noticed that the only areas where I see other potential problems of the poly peeling are in the rooms that were redone. Not all rooms in the house had this shiny cut-in problem.

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Beware the fly by night “contractor”

Q: We recently hired someone to do our floors and now a problem has come up and his phone is disconnected! Here is what he did: 1) Sanded floors with a large sander. 2) Stained floors with a roller (similar to painting walls), never wiped up with a rag. He said when u roll it on you don’t need to. 3) Applied 5 coats of polyurethane, 2 low gloss, and 3 high gloss, he said it was better with kids and pets.

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Removed cabinets in kitchen and found unfinished flooring



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently bought an apt. which has shiny wood floors throughout. I removed some cabinets from the kitchen area and underneath was unfinished wood. I sanded down the area, but am unsure how to proceed as I don’t know what was done to the floor previously.

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Preventing douglas fir from oxidizing and turning orange



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have a newly laid douglas fir floor. I would like to prevent the fir from oxidizing and turning orange. I have been told to use a water based polyurethane finish. I’m afraid that in a few years the wood will still turn orange. Do you know about bleaching the wood to prevent this change in color?

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Soft ceramic finish

Q: We just had our Brazilian cherry floors redone in several rooms, and new flooring in 2 others. We used the Arboritec elite ceramic finish. The day after it was complete, we noticed some flaking and the finish was soft enough to put a fingernail in it. What options do we have at this point, or does the entire job need to be redone? There are also milky patches and it’s an uneven looking finish.

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Poly beads and flaking after refinishing

Q: I purchased a home built in 1986. The floors are oak, but I am not sure if they are white or red. Before moving in, I wanted to have the floors freshened up.
I used a floor guy who was recommended to me by my realtor, and was told he had a very good reputation. Upon examining the floors, he determined that they were in very good shape, and said they should only need to be screened and recoated. He used Fabulon’s satin finish on the floors, and said he gave them two coats.

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Radiant heat causing floor to peel?

Q: This is our original floor (picture included). What do you think caused it to peel like this?

A: Well, it is happening on the edges of the boards. Was this a factory finished floor that has been sanded, stained and finished again? I can think of two things that can cause this. One is contaminants between the boards which react with the finish. I would more expect that to happen with very old floors, which this isn’t.

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Is it right that first poly clear coat is being put on only 2 hrs after sealant?



Q: We think our floor guy walked out on us today. We had dark oak engineered floors that were badly scratched, but our floor guy said he could sand them down and make them look better. We decided to go with clear coats/no stain. Continue reading Is it right that first poly clear coat is being put on only 2 hrs after sealant?