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jill v

03:42AM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
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Is there any advantage or disadvantage to hand troweling an old hardwood floor when refinishing? Will the woood filler work it's way back out if placed between boards as the temperature and humidity change? Any recommedations on oil vs. water based finishes. I have a maple floor.

Frank B

10:24AM | 03/10/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
32 lifetime posts
what kind of floor?.. I'll give you an appropriate answer after your reply.. thanks
Frank B

jill v

01:13AM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
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The floor is maple, tongue and groove. The house was built in 1907.

Frank B

03:31AM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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Oh wow, it's gonna look great when it's finished.. it's going to be very red and gold in color if left natural...what do you want to fill by trowleing.. long gaps or staple holes from tackless or random gaps.. (not too big I hope)..
If the craks are more that 1/8 wide and 1 foot long leave them alone, the filler won't stay very long it may initially hold but will fall out eventually. Also, Matching a color tp the old maple will be very tough. it will look filled...I'd leavem and use nice area rugs to protect high traffic areas..

Frank B

Frank B

03:38AM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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Oh and as far as the finish goes.. well, that's a huge decision.. I think water base gives you the best protection for the money. it's more expensive but is very worth it.. here's what I'd do "if it were my house"..
.. I'd sand all of the old finish off.. stain with Minwax Nautral/natural (too add a protective re-hydrating oil to a very old dry wood)and apply at least 4 coats (the first 2 being a gloss coating, and the last 2 a semigloss) of a top quality Oil Modified Finish. I'm only suggesting Oil because of the look....
Or you can use water base Finish (better, but does look a little different)
Stain natural/neutral to add color and seal/hydrate the old wood, apply a sealer, (Basic coatins Hydroline, then apply Basic coatings Street shoe) (semigloss) this is the best looking water base finish on the market today and one of the toughest.

jill v

07:48PM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
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Thanks for the help, Frank. I am going to have someone do this for me. It will be finished with water based product. The troweling came up in discussion with a hardwood floor refinsher and the opinions varied. Thanks again! Jill
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