I want to refinish the oak hardwood floors in three bedrooms connected
by a common hallway. Since I am working by myself, I will be unable to
keep a wet edge at all times if I do the bedrooms and the hall at the
same time. My question is if I do each room (stopping at the door
threshold) and allowing the bedroom floors to dry before doing the
hallway will I end up with noticeable transition points in the
doorways? Any suggestions on how to avoid this problem?
email@example.com wrote on 03 Mar 2008 in group alt.home.repair:
Here are several things you can try. You'll do better on any of these if
you practice them first on some scrap.
My best idea:
* Feather-sand the edge of the old coating. Overlap with the new
coating. Sand when dry with increasingly fine sandpaper, starting with
maybe 320 grit (used very lightly) and finishing with wet-dry paper,
perhaps 2000 grit.
Wild-assed ideas that I've never tried:
* Stop exactly on the edge of a board at the center of the door opening.
Use tape if you need help keeping a straight line. When you start again,
feather the new coating to avoid a depression at the junction.
* Use a solvent to partially "melt" the old coating before you put on
the new. This will be trial and error, because the chemical you use will
depend on the coating. Xylene is probably a good bet, though. You can
use Goof-Off if you want, which is mostly xylene with some other
solvents. It dissolves most coatings, but not all. Also, there's a
danger that the solvent will permanently change the coating to something
you won't like.
I like this idea. It sounds like it will work well.
My other idea since there doesnt seem to be a thresh-hold (or he wouldnt be
asking this), is to add one afterwards if there is a visible line. Doesnt
have to be much and I've seen thin woods just for this purpose at the local
If there's a threshold piece, you could remove it, finish it
separately, and reinstall it to cover the transition line in the
If not, you mentioned doing three rooms on a hallway. So you should
only need to do one "cold joint", since you can start in a room, work
towards the hallway, do the hallway, and then do a second room. I
like the suggestion of trying to make the cold joint exactly coincide
with the edge of a board, but I don't really know.
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