We have a one year old red oak hardwood floor damaged (several stripes about
1" wide that is considerably darker then the floor itself) in small area by
sofa legs. The damaged area is very small but it is very noticeable and is
in the middle of the family room. How can I restore the hardwood floor?
If the surface of the wood is dented to any extent, nothing is going to help
except sanding the whole floor. If just the finish is scratched, you can
try to just sand out the affected area and refinish. The repair will never
be invisible but you might like it better than what you have. If the floor
is stained, it going to be VERY hard to make a good-looking fix.
I believe the hardwood is not damaged only the finishing layer is scratched.
Is there any non toxic refinish? I know when my hardwood floor was finished
with water base finish I couldn't stay at house for three days until the
Sounds like you had oil based finish as water based dries very
rapodly. Some make 3 applications in one day with WB. Wood finishing
gurus consider ALL finishes to be non-toxic once cured. I was raised
with oil based and the newer water based stuff is making me switch to
On Fri, 11 Jul 2003 08:59:57 -0400, "Alexander Galkin"
Actually, contractor didn't care. But I really couldn't stay inside the
house due to very sharp smell the water based finish produced. I don't know
how harmful it is but for me it causes a lot of headache if I inhale this
smell. Of cause now the damaged area is maybe total of 25 square inches so
smell may not be so sharp. Also now I have two 10 month old kids in house so
I want to be absolutely sure any repairing wouldn't harm them first.
If it is surface scratches, you can blue tape around the offending boards,
lightly sand them and recoat, usually need 2-3 light coats with water-base.
Pull up the tape immediately with each coat, the finish will roll over, into
the neighboring boards. Retape with each coat, and coat lightly. You need to
determine the sheen. If unsure, use gloss and lightly abrade to match sheen.
If it is dented wood, you can carefully do the same with a scraper. It may
be noticeable in some light, but with the floor only 1 year old, the color
should come out well. Little more complicated if its stained. Is it?
The Oak Floors of Marco
Los Gatos, CA
If the underlying finish is oilbased, I don't think using waterbase over it
is a particularly good idea. The stuff *may* have real problems bonding to
an oilbase finish, or not. It is somewhat unpredictable.
You can tell if it is waterbased by putting a little water in an
inconspicuous spot and seeing if it waterspots after a few hours.
You can put oilbase urethane over waterbase but maybe not the reverse.
All the major water manufacturers say you can recoat with their product over
oil. In fact, it's adhesion properties are better than oil(so they say).
Unpredictable is what oil cleaners has the floor seen....for a long term
patch, of greater importance is the ambering. Water won't as much, while oil
will yellow till its red. So yes you're right, it's better to use what you
have, same technique.
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