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

How long to refinish, stain, and polyurethane?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: How long would it take you to refinish, stain and polyurethane, the floors in a 1400 sq. ft. home over three stories? Living, dining, stairs, halls, four bedrooms (approx. 14′ x 10’each)?

A: In my case, approximately 7-10 days.

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How long will it take me to sand my floors?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I am wanting to remove old stain off of the floor and just put poly on the natural wood color. The home improvement store recommended a Random Orbit Floor Sander. When looking online for that tool it looks small. I am doing a Livingroom, Dining room and Hall. Will this take me all day, and what steps will I take.”

A: To be honest, the first step you should take is to phone a professional to do this job. It really isn’t the sort of thing that a novice should attempt to do.

However, if you insist on trying, I would suggest a belt sander for the main floor area. Start with rough grits and work down to fine until the floor is clean and smooth. You could do the edges with a random orbital sander or an orbital sander. One uses discs. the other uses sheets 4X8.

I have to tell you. This is going to take you days and days. I don’t know how many. I use very powerful, expensive equipment to do this job. Your main floor would take me a full day, or even a day and a half to have it prepared and ready for a coat of polyurethane.

That will give you some idea of what you are up against. Kind of like trying to remove all the tarnish from the copper roof of Old City hall in Toronto with a toothbrush.

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Did not buffing between coats cause this?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We have applied polyurethane to my hardwood floors. After the fourth coat was applied the sheen on the floor dulled. There are random spots here and there that are still glossy, but the rest of the flooring is duller than it was after the 3rd coat. We hadn’t been sanding the floors after every coat, only after the first coat. Continue reading Did not buffing between coats cause this?

Can a softwood be sanded like a hardwood?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We have bought a 125 yr old home on the outskirts of Montreal. The original floor appears to be intact under at least 4 layers of carpet/plywood/tile etc. The inspector tells us the wood is pine or beech. Dimensions of the flooring boards appear to be 3″ by 4″. Once everything is removed off the old floor can a softwood be sanded like hardwood, or is what we see what we get? Continue reading Can a softwood be sanded like a hardwood?

Finish peeling off because there is wax in the grain

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I sanded a 980 sq.ft. job and when I coated the floor (oil base/satin) the finish started flaking off the floor from the grain. I have had this problem one other time in the 4 years that I have been sanding floors. I know that the problem is wax in the grain of the wood, and I also know that even if I sand the whole floor again the same thing will happen in the same spots (been there done that). Continue reading Finish peeling off because there is wax in the grain

Debris in finish, in just one spot

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: At a doorway, my urethane finish has lots of debris in it. It appears it was not vacuumed or tacked in this area prior to finishing. The doorway leads to a bathroom and it appears the grout crumbled slightly and got into the finish. Continue reading Debris in finish, in just one spot

Small scratches on tender coat?

Q: My problem seems to be a tender coat. I have two coats of Poloplaz Primero and after almost 3 weeks of cure, I am getting small scratches in the topcoat. Of course because it’s such a wonderful product, there is very little information on the Internet about any scratching of Primero. It really is a great product. Continue reading Small scratches on tender coat?

Floor rough after 2 coats of water-based polyurethane

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  We have sanded and stained our oak wood floors. We have put on 2 coats of water-based polyurethane. The floor still feels rough. How do you get that hard smooth finish? Continue reading Floor rough after 2 coats of water-based polyurethane

Cracks between boards shinier than floor after second coat of poly

Q: After our second coat of satin poly there are shiny places along some of the cracks between boards. We waited 24 hours then used a pole sander with 180 grit screen to sand after the first coat. My theory is that these are low places where the poly pooled. Continue reading Cracks between boards shinier than floor after second coat of poly

What causes air bubbles in the floor finish?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: What causes air bubbles?

A: Fisheye bubbles. You can get those in oil modified finishes as well as polyurethane, and the reason is usually Continue reading What causes air bubbles in the floor finish?