Help! I recently had new floors put in. They were ran through the circular saw
to give an old look so I did not want the saw marks sanded out. The floor
finisher had never worked with these floors before so he didn't really know what
he was doing. Anyways after he finished, my floors ended up being left too rough
in some areas because he didn't want to sand down the marks too much. I called
someone who did know about them and he recommended using a palm sander to
individually sand the rough spots out without taking down the grain of the wood,
then re finishing. We did this step and noticed that even with the light 220
sanding it took some of the color off in areas so we restained the whole floor,
wiping off the excess as we went because I knew that the stain wouldn't adhere
to the area where poly was left. Well apparently we didn't wipe it off good
enough because it's been 24 hours and the stain is still tacky. Will it
eventually dry or do I need to get The excess off before I put down poly. I was
told (by the floor guy that originally did my floors) that if I go ahead and put
the poly down it will be ok and will bond the stain that hasn't soaked in, but
im skeptical of that. I'm worried that it won't adhere good and eventually start
peeling. Even if it is ok, will it not show my footprints throughout it if I am
walking all over it as I put the poly down? Please tell me I haven't ruined my
gorgeous new floors and that there's an easy fix! I'm 7 months pregnant so I'm
really hoping I don't have to go over 1000 square ft of floor on my hands and
knees trying to fix this mess! lol
I is impossible to determine what the problem is without knowing exactly
what was done and with what product. You should absolutely consult the
manufacturer of the products that you have been using.
BUT if the stain and or varnish is oil based and the room was humid when
applied it could take several days to weeks to properly dry.
A pro probably would not touch the project with a 10 foot pole unless he
could completely sand the floor down and start the process over.
Saw marks in wood floors that you buy at a flooring store have the
finish applied at the factory and they use special stains and top coats
that are typically UV cured.
On Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:34:49 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
And there you have it. Just about all you need to know.
To add a bit, poly is a reactive finish due to its chemical makeup, and sta
in is almost always an evaporative finish. So the poly will cure on its ow
n, and stain such as is used for wood of in this instance is made (not glaz
es, not accent stains, not fence stains, etc)to be partially absorbed by th
e wood itself, with enough oils or solvents in it for partial penetration
of the surface. It doesn't cure, it simply dries up by having the carriers
With no penetration to absorb the carriers, the oils are sitting on top of
the poly. It sounds like you have already goofed up the finish by sanding
it, the trying to color it, so I wouldn't worry about that. Put some miner
al spirits on a rag (like a T shirt) and you will be able to wipe off all t
he excess stain with some elbow grease.
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