Lap marks in 2-in-1 stain/poly

Q: I recently sanded down hardwood floors to apply a new stain. When sanding was over we were in a time crunch so decided to apply a 2 in 1 stain/poly. We made some application errors the first time around which resulted in dark lap marks. We talked to the company and they recommended sanding lap marks with a 220 grit sandpaper to lighten them up to the surrounding floor. We have done that and we just aren’t sure if we’ve done enough and we are timid to continue staining until we know we have. Any suggestions on our next steps to blend the floors enough that we will get an even finish throughout?

A: I don’t really have any suggestions. I’m old school and believe staining and finish applications should be a separate process. I would just rub down the entire floor with fine abrasive, do a thorough clean up and apply another coat of whatever it is you are using.

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