Adding finish to just installed hardwood floor

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Posted by: from Whitby
1/15/2017 at 6:03:38 PM


I will really appreciate if you could share your expert advise. We have just got our hardwood floor installed. When I selected the sample, it had some shine but after its installation it's giving a matte look not the look I had expected.

I would like to know if any kind of finish is added after installation of hardwood? If finishing is not part of installation of hardwood floors then can I add finish to hardwood floor later on as I like a little glossy finish look and just checked out that satin finish is most popular nowadays?

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Date/Time1/15/2017 at 9:04:23 PM

Clear coat of poly should do the trick.

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Amir from AZ Painting Ltd. in Burnaby
Date/Time1/15/2017 at 9:19:30 PM

Hello Amy,

I am sure everyone would agree that it would be best to have the clear coat done right away as you don't want the current color go away after a period of time.

Also, as Roy mentioned an layer of clear coat polyurethane would provide outstanding results. there are different products and sheens available and most popular sheen is satin finish for hardwood floors. This is because it gives you the cleaning/washing ability, gaining extra layer of protection and it would not be very slippery.

Best of luck,


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Rail from Rail Mammadov in Toronto
Date/Time1/15/2017 at 9:34:39 PM


In these case the solution is screening (buffing) the floor in order to apply any finish.

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Robin from River City Floors in Edmonton
Date/Time1/16/2017 at 7:10:41 AM

Typically you would buy the hardwood with a type of gloss look to it. You shouldn't have to do anything to newly installed hardwood. It could be costly for you to redo it to the gloss you want.

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Amy in Whitby
Date/Time1/16/2017 at 1:30:27 PM

Thank you for your reply. When we initially selected our sample, it looked glossy but it doesn't look the same after installation.May be it's good to check a big piece of wood rather than a small sample because then you can have a better idea of its reflection, smoothness etc.

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Amy in Whitby
Date/Time1/16/2017 at 1:40:30 PM

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I really appreciate them. We might end up having a layer of clear coat polyurethane as recommended because it will be less expensive. Would you be able you let me know how long this layer last?



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