I refinished my hardwood floors in my kitchen with oil based semi-
gloss poly (3 coats poly, 1 coat stain). One year later, my loving
wife decides that she doesn't like the gloss and wants to me to redo
the floors in a satin finish. Can I just lightly sand or screen the
floor and apply one coat of new poly or do I need to completely remove
the existing poly? Can I use a water based poly on top of the oil
At the same time I did the kitchen, I also did the dining room (2
coats stain, 3-4 coats poly). The dining room is adjacent to the
living room which was carpeted at the time. Now the wife wants the
carpet out and the floor refinished. Can I refinish just the living
room? I am concerned that at the junction of the living room and
dining room, I will see a visible transition line. Or should I just
put two coats of poly on the living room, then light sand both the
living room and dining room and then apply a third coat? The dining
room was finished with an oil based poly. Can I use a water based poly
for the living room or will there be a noticeably difference?
Lightly sand and clean it then re-poly it. Since you already
have oil based poly down I wouldnt just put water on top of
it. I would be afraid if it doesnt bond right, it'll peel in a year
If you can get the same finish (poly) for the floor you might have
a shot. This also depends on how much sunlight you might have
in the area because poly yellows from light.
I blend the area in you might just be better off sanding and
the entire area. As for using water based poly, I am not sure how
it holds up to foot traffic. I perfer oil based because of how
durable it is.
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