My newly built condo has beech wood flooring that has been stained dark a la
walnut. In the same building the penthouse units have a patchy light and
dark finish that I like better. I was told that it was the same wood
flooring that was finished differently. I want to refinish my floor to look
like the penthouse units. The patchy finish looks like a fancy floor with
different kinds of wood used. The builder's wood floor guy quoted me a
price of $6/SF to refinish it. I think it's too high. Can anyone tell me
the name of this type of wood finishing? Is it a specialty or can anyone do
it? Also, I am thinking of asking for 2 extra coats of polyurethane to make
it last, is there a down side to extra poly?
The finishing is the easy part. The hard part is getting the old finish
off. It must be sanded. Yes, it can be a DIY project, but you can also
screw up the floors if not done properly as the sanders are very aggressive.
I have no idea what the cost of a pro doing the job is. Yes, it sounds high
compared to the cost of a new floor. Make a couple of phone calls to others
Refinished some 40 year old floors about two years ago using a sander
that was rented from HomeDepot. It looked like a large palm sander and
was quite easy to use, compared to the rotary types that twirl people
around if they are not familiar with using it. The easiest part was
laying on the finish after cleaning up the mess that was created from
all that damn sanding. Particles of flippin' dust everywhere, as far as
my red eyes could see..
A roll of plastic, heavy duty vacuum cleaner and a Wife taking large
amounts of sedatives to blur the image of what the house looks like at
the present moment are all essential tools to pull this job off.
if you add extra coats, be sure that all but the final coat are GLOSS,
if you want a satin or semi gloss luster. the reason is that a bunch of
coats of satin/semi will obscure the wood. If the final coat is
satin/semi over gloss, you'll still have the sheen you desire w/o hiding
the beauty of the wood.
Six bucks sounds a bit high. I live in SJ, CA and got a quote of less
than $5 a foot, but maybe there are "extenuating circumstances" in your
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