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Old 04-05-2008, 10:33 AM   #16
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Minwax stain does not cover Minwax putty completely


Looks like Red Oak to me.

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:13 PM   #17
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It may be helpful to remember when we are preparing the area for staining if we are using Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner when we apply this to the area if it needs more sanding it will STAND OUT.

If more Sanding is needed when the mineral spirits is applied it will make the hard excess putty that still needs sanding or removal be seen.


OK. Sanding is now complete. Rented orbital sander, edger sander, bought more sandpaper and more stain. Staining is on the agenda tomorrow. The Minwax pamphlet says that we're supposed to use mineral spirits to clean the floors right before applying the stain. So are you saying that we shouldn't use mineral spirits at this stage because it'll make the wood filler spots stand out all over again? Or do you think we fixed those spots by all the sanding that we did today?

I reread the Minwax pamphlet. In the step-by-step directions, it said to use the stainable wood filler after the second sanding but before the third sanding. Why would Minwax say that if everyone here says to use it AFTER the staining is done?

Anyway, I'll post after the staining to let people interested in knowing the outcome how it turns out. I sure hope these spots disappear. As I don't know how much more complete sanding this hardwood floor (and parquet flooring) can take!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:24 PM   #18
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Nate, regarding your remark: "Looks like Red Oak to me."

Nate, I was just saying to myself that I sure thought your guess was wrong about my floor being red oak because I see no red coloring in the wood. But then I happened to read the thread titled "Red Oak Floor Advice" on the flooring forum. They had pictures of their floor, and it is a dead ringer for our floor. Thanks for pinpointing exactly what our floor is made of. But bad news; you said "If something open grained like red oak, you're not going to be able to sand all the stain off the floor. Some stain will likely remain in the porous winterwood. That's probably not a big problem though. Those areas will be slightly darker, but it will just accentuate the grain." Darn. But thanks for the clarification on the wood type; we were wondering what it was.
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Wow! I googled a question that had to do with a problem giving me major fits! I clicked on your post on this site. OhMyGosh! I am curreny having the same problem with the putty/filler whatever u want to call it. But I came to stain some trim work at my brother in laws. No problem, right? Wrong! Someone failed to tell me that they puttied the holes with Minwax putty Nd the same color as the unfinished wood. Imagine my surprise after prepping and staining(which I have done many times) when I came back to it, it looked horrible! The exact spots you mentioned were standing out. I definitly had a problem with this and preceded to do everything I could to fix this problem. I've had no luck. Please tell me your end results because I couldn't find any after the one where u found out your floors were red oak. This is driving me crazy!!!

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