When I purchase my new house 4 years ago it had 3/8" engineered
hardwood floors in the foyer and kitchen/breakfast room, this winter
we decided to put down the same product in the family room which tied
the two rooms together. The problem is that once I got the floor down
and cleaned up i discovered that the color is the same but the gloss/
shine level is not the same. I called Bruce and they informed me that
the urethane level in the prefinished product might have changed over
the passed 5 years. Is there any product I can put down on an
engineered hardwood floor to raise the gloss/shine level? Thanks for
On Jan 22, 6:50 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No easy answer and I dought you will be happy, The Gloss level on
the old section probably just got duller with use, just like you cant
take paint out of a can and retouch a 4 yr old room. If bruce says its
urethane ask them if you can add a coat and how, get a pro to recoat
it all, im sure you dont want to do that as factory finishes are near
perfect. Let Bruce guide you. If you start waxing or treating it you
will have to continue and may never be able to recoat it from
contaminents that wont allow future poly to bond.
email@example.com wrote on 22 Jan 2008 in group alt.home.repair:
Bruce can give you the best advice, but here's a WAG.
You can probably use any product that's rated for floors. Since the
existing coating is polyurethane, I'd stay with that. Polyurethanes come
in a variety of sheens, and in both water- and oil-based formulas. Ask
Bruce what's compatible with the existing coating. Apply a test patch in
a closet to see if you like it.
Miscellaneous advice: Use an appropriate solvent to remove any existing
grease, wax, or polish (ask Bruce which one). Cover all interior
surfaces with plastic film, and tape the edges down. Rig plastic
barriers over the doors. Sand the floor lightly before application so
the new coating sticks better. Get *all* the dust off with tack rags
before applying the new coating. Do an entire room at one time -- if you
stop half-way, you'll see the line. Turn off the ventilation to that
area to keep dust from blowing in. Since it's winter, wait longer than
the can says for it to dry. Since you're going to all this trouble, put
on two coats.
Or wait a few months. My experience is that most people get used to the
difference after awhile, and then they don't notice it any more. Likely,
guests will never notice the difference unless you point it out. Or not
-- everyone is different.
Have you used any kind of coating or wax on the older floor? Bruce's
website has all kinds
of cleaners and coatings. That would be the safest bet, it seems. They
come with different
If he's resisting removing the tile because of the work involved, he might
There exists a scraper blade for a reciprocating saw that turns a Sawzall
into a powered scraper! Removes stick-on tile, and here I speak from
experience, like a duck through butter.
This blade - in three or so different widths - is available at the box
stores. It can even be resharpened.
Agree - He is correct with wanting a moisture barrier, but by
experience with adhesive tiles is they will eventually loosen. Then
put down a proper moisture barrier of roofing felt and install the
flooring. The felt also dampens any noise if flooring eventually
loosens a bit.
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