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dwlodyka 11-16-2009 12:05 PM

Failure of Finish

My home was built in 1965. About ten years ago, I repainted a bedroom. At the same time, I washed a hard wood floor and, after it dried thoroughly, brushed on a coat of oil based polyurethane. After several months, I noticed that the finish did not adhere. It flaked and could literally be peeled off of the floor. Because the floor was covered by a rug, I just let it go.

I'm redoing the room again and want to address the floor. Specifically, I want to re-coat the floor with poly. What steps can I take to insure that my finish won't fail again.

tpolk 11-16-2009 12:17 PM

how big a room, flooring oak? budget?

ArmchairDIY 11-16-2009 12:19 PM

Is it big areas peeling? Or small spots? The first thing I thought of was the floor had furniture polish or wax of some sort on it.

Bob Mariani 11-16-2009 02:04 PM

Sand the floor to be assured all contaminants are removed. anything else and it will fail again.

dwlodyka 11-17-2009 08:45 AM

The floor is oak, stained and finish coated. It seems lile the entire floor is affected. The floor is 12' by 12'. I think that I'm going to lightly sand the entire floor and then wash with a commercial floor cleaner.

ggcanner 11-17-2009 06:11 PM

a few things
First why are you washing wood floors? Water is the enemy of wood, you should use a cleaner specifically for hardwood floors..... Also, you cannot just polyurethane a hardwood floor after simply washing it. You need to sand it first or the polyurethane will not stick. I am sure that is what your original problem was. If you just want to "perk" up your floor's finish with a fresh coat of polyurethane, sand it with a 100 grit sandpaper then coat with polyurethane. If you have damaged areas down to the hardwood, you need to rent a sander and remove all the finish down to the bare wood and stain(optional)and then add at least 2 coats of polyurethane lightly sanding in between each coat.

repair24/7 11-17-2009 06:44 PM

Could not have said it better ggcanner i think you hit the nail on the head}

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