I would like to go to Semi-Gloss instead of the Satin

Q: I installed and finished the floors (3/4′ Red oak T&G) in our new home, about 8 months ago. They really came out nice and it was a lot of fun! I used Minwax Satin Polyurethane for the finish and protection (no Stain). Anyway, I think that I would like to go to Semi-Gloss instead of the Satin. My question is- should I remove ALL the poly with a drum sander?

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Removing glossy appearance of 4th coat

Q: I was told that adding a 4th coat of poly would look the same as 3, but I’ve found that the floor is more glossy, not the look of a hand rubbed finish it had with 3. Is there anything that can be done at this point to remove the glossy appearance?

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Screening to apply matching sheen

Q: I have a newly installed red oak floor in my kitchen. The first 3 coats of finish were semi-gloss and matched the hardwood floor in the adjoining hallway. The flooring contractor put a 4th coat on, because the finish was marred during the rest of the kitchen remodel. Unfortunately, he used satin for the last coat and now it doesn’t match my hall.

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Should we get a 4th coat (to change from satin to semi-gloss top coat)?

Q: We just had our red oak floors refinished and added add’l red oak so now the entire 1st floor is hardwood. Our installer put three coats of satin finish (we had semi-gloss before). The floor doesn’t appear to be as wear and tear friendly as the semi-gloss finish.

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Difference between satin, semi gloss, and gloss?

Q: I’m a flooring installer. I do lots of tile and pre-finished wood flooring, but never sand and finish. I have a good friend doing the sanding as it’s his expertise, but I’m going to finish it. I’m trying to find out what I should use for the finish. I want to see the difference between satin, semi-gloss, and gloss.

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Finish not shining

Q: I put 3 coats of polyurethane on my hardwood floor and it still doesn’t shine, so I just let it go. Now after a couple of months have gone by I would like to know what I can do to make it shine, get a shiny finish, since I am going to refinish the dining room which is right next to the living room.

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High gloss or not?

Q: I just purchased a condo apartment that’s 1000 sq. ft. There are many windows with lots of light and sun all day. I am having the (common red oak) parquet floor refinished. I have selected a rich dark maple/brown stain. The contractor uses Minwax products. I love the look of a shiny wood floor, and so I am leaning towards a high gloss oil-based finish. The contractor; however, strongly argued against going with high gloss, recommending instead we use semigloss.

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Satin vs. glossy

Q: My question is about hardwood flooring finish, satin vs. glossy – which of these floor finishes show more scratches, smudges, dirt, etc.?

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