Preparing wood floors for folk art style painting

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  My whole first floor was carpeted when we bought it, but underneath we discovered hardwood floors! It appears to have either been stripped or to never have been finished. They are very stained and dirty. For now, I would like to paint them in a folk art style until we can afford to have them restored. Do I have to sand them if they have no poly on them? Is this something I could do by myself? Continue reading Preparing wood floors for folk art style painting

Still smell an odor 2 weeks after last coat

Q: We had our entire home painted and our hardwood floors refinished three weeks ago. My four year old and my 11 month old and I have been out of the house since the project started. I’m wondering if it is safe for my girls and I to go back home? Continue reading Still smell an odor 2 weeks after last coat

Moving pad marks on refinished piano

Q: I am a piano technician and I sent a customers piano to be refinished. In shipping it back the finish got some moving pad marks. It is a hand rubbed traditional lacquer. How do I get these out? Continue reading Moving pad marks on refinished piano

Is smelly polyurethane sealant toxic?

Q: My husband applied a polyurethane sealant around the windows. We have a 16 month old son. I never noticed the smell in his room, but the next morning I noticed it. We had already slept in the house. I stayed the next four nights out of the house with him. However, I continue to smell the polyurethane around the windows and in one room. Continue reading Is smelly polyurethane sealant toxic?

Is lingering stain smell toxic?

Q: Have I made my home toxic? We just bought a home with much of the master bedroom covered in cedar paneling. It looked outdated so I tried to finish the cedar in a gray stain (a water-based wood stain), but it turned bright blue! Continue reading Is lingering stain smell toxic?

Does moisture cure urethane continue to be a health danger AFTER it is completely cured and dried?

Q: My 20 year old parquet floor gets very heavy traffic year round. I will be refinishing it in a week (no color, 3 coats). I need to decide whether to use Moisture Cure Urethane or polyurethane (which I had before, and did not hold up as well as MCU). I’m worried about the health risks of MCU. We will stay out of the house for the entire time of applications, and an additional 4 days. Is that enough? Is there danger of exposure to the toxins in MCU even after that? Continue reading Does moisture cure urethane continue to be a health danger AFTER it is completely cured and dried?

My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood

Q: My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood. Aside from a light mopping, he did no prep at all. No sanding, nothing. Then he applied wood stain to the floors. It is 3 days later. The floor is dry, but still a little sticky. Now there is sand popping up all over the floor, underneath a 6×8 rug that he replaced on the second day. Continue reading My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood

Cost to re-stain 4 rooms of parquet

Q: Your pictures look great and your website is very detailed! I have 4 rooms (dining, living, family, and office) that total 700 sq ft. 2 Are strip and 2 are parquet. We want to re-stain all 4 rooms to be the same. What would be the cost and how long would it take? Continue reading Cost to re-stain 4 rooms of parquet

Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?

Q: Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring? It says it’s for 3/4′ floors. Or should I use one with an adjustable plate like the Powernailer? Continue reading Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?