Third coat flaking due to contaminant (soap) used between coats

Q: We had our hardwood floors refinished over the summer and they are starting to flake. The floors are scratching easily and you can peel away the poly with your finger nail. Continue reading Third coat flaking due to contaminant (soap) used between coats

Finish didn’t chemically bond and is lifting off

Q: I am having issues with polyurethane peeling off my hardwood floors. I have refinished multiple dressers, tables, chairs, beds, etc. so the idea of refinishing a hardwood floor did not scare me. I used an oil based stain and followed that with an oil based poly. Continue reading Finish didn’t chemically bond and is lifting off

Floors stained and finished 18 months ago are now peeling

Q: Is there a known issue between M***** stain and water-based Bona Traffic finish? We had our floors stained and finished 18 months ago and it is peeling. We have never used any form of abrasive cleaner, nor was there any type of water incident.

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Is this shellac on my hard wood floor?

Q: I was hoping you could give me some advice. I rent an apartment which has nice hard wood floors. I have been here for 2 years now and have noticed the shellac (I think it is) is peeling off in spots. It is becoming worse and more noticeable. How can I fix this and prevent more shellac coming off? I want to take care of it before it gets worse.

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Mystery peeling around perimeter after 18 years

Q: We’ve had a decorative wood floor in our dining room for about 18 years. installed by a local guy, with pickled ash finish and a dark cherry perimeter. The wood was prefinished when we installed it. Today we picked up a cardboard box off the floor, and the finish seems to be peeling off the dark cherry. It doesn’t seem to be caused by the box (it was there for a day and was heavy, but no residue on it). Continue reading Mystery peeling around perimeter after 18 years

Finish peeling due to too many coats of stain

Q: We really need some advice. We just moved into our new construction home about a month ago. The moving company used packing tape to tape down blankets to protect our newly finished hardwood floors. When they pulled off the tape, big sheets of the polyurethane came off. Thinking it was just an issue with the adhesive on the tape being too strong, the floor guy came back and “redid” those areas. Continue reading Finish peeling due to too many coats of stain

Polyurethane peeling in some of the joints

Q: We had our hardwood floor sanded, stained and polyurethaned in May and now in March (less than a year) they are peeling in some of the joints, and the joints are now white in color. what would cause this and how is it fixed? Continue reading Polyurethane peeling in some of the joints

Polyurethane coating is flaking

Q: We have a guest house with pine floors. I have sanded them, applied and oil base stain, then went over them with a polyurethane. I applied about 4 coats of poly in 7 days time. The floors looked great for about a month (they weren’t even walked on) and we had a cold snap in weather. I noticed my floors had almost a frost look to them and they were flaking like crazy. Continue reading Polyurethane coating is flaking

Peeling off someone’s hack job coat of polyurethane

Q: We recently bought a small condominium that has an engineered (5 layer) maple hardwood floor. Someone attempted to refinish the original satin finish with a high gloss polyurethane. The shiny top layer is peeling off in sheets all over the floor. My question is, is there any way to “buff” off the shiny coat and get back to the original satin finish WITHOUT having to sand and re-finish the entire floor? Continue reading Peeling off someone’s hack job coat of polyurethane