Hardwood floor refinishing

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Posted by: from Newmarket
1/19/2012 at 9:05:00 PM

I want to refinish the hardwood floor in my son's room. We like the current color, so don't want to have to re-stain. If I simply want to "refresh" the urethane, is it as simple as renting a sander and using a fine grit of sandpaper to "rough" it up then apply a coat or three of urethane? How can one tell if one has to sand down to the bare wood (and re-stain) vs. just refreshing the urethane?


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Date/Time1/19/2012 at 11:13:45 PM

Hi Brett,

It look s like you are looking to do a "screen n' coat" or "buff n' coat". You would not want to use a sander but a floor buffer (with a circular orbit). Unlike a sander that will sand through the urethane and stain to the bare wood. A buffer will just screen (or remove) the top layer of urethane and then you can apply the necessary 1 coat of urethane.

I am assuming you have a site-finished floor as most pre-finished floors will require a full refinish as the "screen n' coat" application doesn't work on most pre-finished surfaces.

We would happy to provide you with a approx. cost to do the work. Please email me at the email address below and I will be happy to discuss the details with you.

Hope this answers your question. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Scott Newman

NewRidge Refinishing

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Mary in Orleans
Date/Time1/20/2012 at 11:52:47 AM


We want to do the same thing for our living room floor which has a few scratches now and even a few dents. Will the same technique fill in the scratches so they won't show?

We had planned to sand down through the finish to the wood (to fix these scratches etc.) and then varnish again later, but are concerned because we don't want the level of the floor to get lower. There already is a very slight step up to the kitchen floor that we don't want to increase.

Thank you.

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Date/Time1/20/2012 at 2:38:29 PM

Hi Mary,

As long as you have a site-finished wood you can "screen n' coat" the floor. If there are slight scratches that go through the stain then you can use a matching stain pen marker to apply to the wood prior to urethaning the wood. With this method you don't have to worry about the wood lowering at all.

Hope this answers your question. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Scott Newman

NewRidge Refinishing

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Date/Time1/20/2012 at 6:37:35 PM


Thanks for the feedback. I think I will take a stab at this myself (while the wife is away - I will ask forgiveness rather than permission!). If I really mess up, I know who to call!


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Date/Time1/21/2012 at 9:03:24 PM

No Problem Brett. Glad I can be of assistance!

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