Q: My floors seem to have spots along each side, in the seam between the boards.
A: If the finish that bridged a tiny gap between boards has fractured it might leave a discoloration. Or the finish might be peeling or delaminating. There could be any number of causes from inadequate inter-coat preparation to contamination such as wax between the boards.
Finish repelled in spots
Q: I had my hardwood sanded and refinished and high-gloss put on. It had little round spots all over it that the polyurethane did not cover. So I had it buffed and recoated with the polyurethane and still the spots are popping up everywhere, where the polyurethane did not stick.…
Grey spots in finish
I took on the project of refinishing my red oak hardwood floors and Iâ€™ve came to a standstill. I rented a belt sander and vibrating sander to sand the floors down. After this, I applied an oil-based stain and let it dry for a couple of days. The next step…
Minimum gap between boards
On a new installation of wood flooring what is the minimum gap between boards for raw and pre finished wood?
Orange spots and water borne finish
Q: I put down water base on an oak floor. It turned orange near the cabinets and near a spot where I re sanded a dent from the fridge (a 1x1 square). Will the orange spots go away after the final coat? Or is it doing this because I hand…
Dust spots in the finish
Q: Some shoddy workmen applied high gloss polyurethane to my sanded oak (80 years old, at least) LR and DR floors, without clearing the dust from the rooms! The next workman, trying to correct this, sanded with a fine grade grit (120?). While the floor FEELS SMOOTH, you can still…
Carefully removing boards
My hardwood floors were installed under the kitchen cabinets and have not held up well. I would like to replace them with wider planks, but how do you remove the old flooring without tearing out the kitchen cabinets?