Fish eye bubbles in epoxy coating

Q: My builder was required to resand and recoat my timber floors with a full gloss epoxy coating. This is his third attempt due to what I believe are fish eyes appearing. I told the builder the biggest mistake he made was painting over silicone that was used around the base of the kitchen joinery. Continue reading Fish eye bubbles in epoxy coating

Best way to get rid of swirl marks

Q: I need to know the best way to get rid of swirl marks in the oak hardwood floor that we’re refinishing. I believe we may have used too harsh of a sand paper to start, because we had old shellac that didn’t want to come off. We tried to get rid of the swirl marks and it looked good until we applied the stain. Should we use a drum sander or 4 disc orbital sander? Do we go back to 36 grit, 60 grit, 100 grit, or do we need to start with 120, then 150, 180? Continue reading Best way to get rid of swirl marks

Yellow streaking after 3rd coat

Q: My daughter had her floor sanded and recoated. After the first two coats everything looked great. The contractor said he wanted to add a 3rd coat so they said okay. After the 3rd coat yellow streaking showed up when it was dry. Mostly at all the seams. Why would this happen? Continue reading Yellow streaking after 3rd coat

Duller finish in touch-up area

Q: I recently applied 3 coats of oil-based poly from *****, clear satin, to my new red oak floors. The poly looked good, but there were a few isolated areas that needed to be refinished, where poly had pooled a little and formed a small line/berm. These areas appear duller. Continue reading Duller finish in touch-up area

Stepped on finish before it was dry and left a dull footprint

Q: We just had our oak floors sanded and re-finished. The guy did a great job. Today in the morning he put the last glossy/shiny finish – looks wonderful. We came home after 7PM and I tried to get to the bathroom. The floor looked to me like it was dry. But in one spot my foot got stuck, it wasn’t dry enough, and I left a dull footprint on this beautiful glossy finish. Can I fix it somehow? Continue reading Stepped on finish before it was dry and left a dull footprint

Stairs don’t match newly installed hardwood floors in sheen

Q: We retained a flooring specialist to both refinish our circular stairs top and basement, and remove 2” old red oak floor throughout main floor and install 3 and 1/4 prefinished oak flooring, with a very flat satin finish. The stairs were carpeted so he installed oak treads and risers. We said from the beginning we wanted the floor and stairs to match. Continue reading Stairs don’t match newly installed hardwood floors in sheen

Wood in one area is just soaking up finish

Q: I’ve got a couple hangups, I sure hope you can help me troubleshoot. I’ve just installed wood floors my home: bathroom, bedroom and hallway. I’m not sure of the type of wood, as it is old, reclaimed hardwood that is random and has been tongued and grooved. I’m having a problem with the hallway finish building up, and I have unsightly gaps I’m not sure how to fill. Continue reading Wood in one area is just soaking up finish

Chatter marks twice on same floor

Q: I work for a well known floor company. They gave me a 1000 sq ft sand, stain and finish on a new install. I cut the floor with 40 grit, then 80, and then screened with 120. After staining there were chatter in the floor, so I went and had my machine hauled over roller bearings, belts, went to the job cut the floor again. There’s still chatter, not as bad, but still chatter. Continue reading Chatter marks twice on same floor