Q: I have vintage flooring, jatoba, with an aluminum oxide finish. When a contractor was working in the house the other day, he scratched one of my boards with a pretty long 6″ scratch that is highly visible during the day. Is there a way to buff this out? I tried to apply a stain pen but it won’t take the stain.
A: I think you will either have to sand/scrape all the finish off this board, or replace the entire board. The wonders of aluminum oxide coatings…
What do you think about water-based finishes containing aluminum oxide?
Circular scratch-type marks
Q: A professional installed a new floor in our kitchen, applied sealer and 2 coats of poly. Now I can see fine circular scratch-type marks in the finish. What went wrong? A: Unfortunately gaining a bond between coats, especially with solvent type finishes requires 'scratching' the existing coating. It could…
Pock marks in the finish
Q: I just recently had a hardwood floor refinished. The final coat is glossy, but it looks like there are pock marks in the finish. It's not air bubbles, and I'm not really sure how to explain it. Is there anyway to smooth out the final coat such as buffing,…
Finishes containing aluminum oxide
How do you feel about the durability of water-based finishes containing aluminum oxide? my installer wants to use it, he says he will use 3 coats, or I stick with an oil based poly. The less fumes and recoat time is appealing to me.
Surface scratches in factory finish floor
My solid golden oak floor recently got scratched, a screw from a chair caused surface scratches, also some small gouges. How do I repair these areas without having to remove the boards? The scratches appear to be mostly in the factory varathane finish.
Do you have any tips for removing scuff marks? They seem to be only on the surface of the floor, i.e. not into the wood itself.