Flexible clear coating other than polyurethane

Q: I’m restoring a 120 year old barn that has 1×12 rough cut CVG floors. I’m repurposing it for a wood shop and office. I plan on sanding then sealing the planks with a clear, heavy sealer so it looks like a gym floor. Should I use polyurethane or would you recommend something else?

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Dull floor under throw rugs

Q: I recently got my hardwood floors refinished; sanded and polyurethaned. I put some throw rugs in my kitchen by the sink and stove. They have only been in place a few short months. When I picked them up and to mop the floor I noticed that the areas under the rug have no more shine to them. It’s almost as if the rug may have left a dulling residue.

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Fish eye bubbles and sanding sealer on top of polyurethane as a fix

Q: Please help. We hired a floor refinisher with over 30 years of experience to refinish our 24 year old red oak floors. He is having one problem after another with the finish which is an oil based polyurethane satin finish. He has put on 3 or 4 coats of poly in some rooms and he keeps getting fish eyes, cloudy spots, etc. and debris in the finish.

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Can Jatoba be stained?

Q: I’m trying to make my Jatoba wood on my downstairs dark brown with no red! I cannot find a contractor to do this! They say it’s not possible.

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Can’t recoat over existing poly unless fully sanded down?

Q: I just bought a house and I’m trying to get it move-in ready. The oak floors are currently stained with an oil based poly coating in a satin/semi gloss finish. I want to try and re-coat (buff the existing poly and apply new coat) in a matte finish for a more natural look. I’m looking for the right product and process to achieve the matte finish.

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Gluing a transition on a concrete slab

Q: We’re installing flooring on a concrete slab. We need a transition for uneven heights between ceramic tile and wood plank flooring. We would like the transitions to be glued.

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Stepped in wet finish and left a sneaker print

Q: I completely sanded and stained by living room floor. I then laid down one coat of polyurethane and surprisingly, as I am a first timer, it looked great. I put a second coat on, but then I accidently stepped on a couple of wet areas with my sneakers. I tried to roll it out and thought I did. But after it dried I could see the sneaker print.

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