Oak Floors Repair

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Posted by: from Salem, Oregon
3/9/2013 at 12:27:49 AM


My husband and I cut the entryway of our oak floor by 4 ft. We laid down tile in it's place. The problem is that my husband used his rifle oil on the wood floors. Now we have about 12 inches of faded wood panels that look awful.

How deep would the oil have repatriated the wood?

I'm afraid to sand if we can'nt remove the layer of ruined floor. He used linseed oil with his finger to spread it.

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Date/Time3/9/2013 at 9:42:08 AM

I've restored many pieces of wood veneered furniture that were coated in linseed oil. Hardwood veneer is often less than 1/8th" in thickness. I would recommend using a furniture stripper on it first to draw as much off the wood as possible before sanding (if this is a small area). You shouldn't have a problem bringing it back.

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Date/Time3/11/2013 at 9:27:49 PM

Hi Sara, If the floor was finished then the linseed oil will only be sitting on the surface. A quick wipe with some paint thinner on a rag will probably remove 99% of it as linseed oil never really dries. If it was put on unfinished wood, it will soak in quite a bit but you may be able to pull a lot of it out by wiping with paint thinner a few times. When the cloth comes up clean, you have gotten as much as you can. You will then be able to do a light sanding and apply a proper oil based finish, following the directions on the product.

This should blend the wood together.

I wouldn't use a stripper on a small area of the floor, but would if you had to do the whole floor. If you wind up doing the whole floor, it may actually be better to sand to clean wood and apply the finish according to the product instructions. You could use water or oil based on a freshly prepared surface.

Good luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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