I just had my hardwood floors refinished, and a single, short, curly
hair (about 3/4" long) must have fallen onto the floor prior to the
last coat of poly, and now it is beneath that coat of poly. It sort-
of catches the light when you walk in and out of the room, so it is
Is there any way to remove the hair (which is just beneath the
surface) without damaging the finish? If not, is there any way to
hide the disturbance to the finish? (Maybe one of those floor
cleaning solutions with poly?)
On Aug 20, 5:41 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Nope and nope. Anything you do to remove it will probably make the
blemish even more noticeable. The "sort of catches the light"
problems might "sort of never be noticed by anyone else". If you do
decide to pick it out, be prepared to spot sand and add another coat
if it does become more objectionable. If you put down gloss poly and
the hair is in a trafficked area, the scuffs and scratches of every
day living will quickly make it less noticeable.
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:28:06 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour
Use and exacto knife to remove the hair. Buff that spot with a clean
clothe. Using the same product and a very tiny brush, build up the
crevice via as many coats as necessary. Once level, and cured, a little
buffing should make it tolerable; maybe flawless. Good luck.
Whatever it takes.
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:41:14 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What kind of poly is in that floor cleaning solution you have in
parens? Not polyurethane? I don't think there is any cleaning
solution that dissolves polyurethane and if there were, it would make
a lot of people angry when all they wanted to do was clean.
I hate to argue with a regular here, but my experience is that
patching polyurethane is not noticeable.
So I might just sand out the hair with medium to fine sand paper,
finishing with as fine as you used on the floor before you finished
it, and then patch with polyurethane.
I had a bad experience when I poly'd the dining room of the apartment
I rented. The instructions i read said to buff with steel wool between
coats, and how long to wait before buffing. I did, and the steel wool
embedded itself all over the floor. I'd returned the sanders and
didn't want to sand again anyhow, so I just put another coat on.
Later I noticed that unlike hardwood floors with other finishes IME,
the poly wore off in the areas of high traffic. I don't remembdr if
I patched those areas or not.
You could test my suggestion by taking a 1x2 foot piece of wood and
polying 2/3rds, sanding down part of it, and then repolying the sanded
part, blending in to the undsanded part. You'd be using the exact
same brand of poly, so it might be a very good test.
You know, you miight try prying one end up with a hat pin, and then
lifteing it all out. You can't pull it out lenthwise or that would
leave an empty tube yhou'd never be able to fill. You'd still have to
Or you could wait a while and see if you still notice it. Are you
intending to put another coat on soon?
No argument at all - different strokes and all that. It's just that
I've found people that object to a small imperfection don't appreciate
a different and larger imperfection - like a ring of variance in the
sheen around the repair. It's kind of like the first ding on your new
car - drives you nuts until you get some more.
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:39:23 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour
I just got my first ding an hour ago, and I did it myself, at the
grocery store. From the shopping cart. I was parked sideways on a
hill, and this cart didn't have the plastic bumpers on the front
At least it's the first scratch since the car was repainted 18 months
ago, and right on my door.
Where can I get some more dings?
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