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Old 12-01-2011, 02:19 PM   #31
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Got a little busy but I've finally gotten time to work on the floor. Here's what it looks like after using the oxalic acid. I'm pretty sure that's as light as it's going to get so I'm about to apply the polyurethane. Do I need to do anything else before that?







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Hi there - have you tried a stain remover called 1000+ Stain Remover? It is amazing and works especially well on hardwood floors. Apply directly, scrub with one of those little sponges that are yellow on one side and green on the other - then spray water from a spray bottle and wipe away residue with an old cloth. 1000+ works on mold as well as stains on wood flooring. At least you would have a clean surface in which to try to re-stain (ask hardware personnel - I am sure there is a stain you can use that would make it look much much better - without replacing all the boards! Check out this amazing (I demo it part-time and use it on everything!) at www.1000Plus.ca Good Luck - let us know how you do!
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Just wanted to bump this thread to see if I could get some feedback. Tried private messaging oh'mike but I'm not allowed to because I don't have 20 posts yet. If anyone could give Mike a shout for me it would be much appreciated.
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Patrick--I'm back----You haven't sanded the area yet---do you have a pad sander or a random orbit?

--For a good look---sand the affected area until all the old finish is off the boards---A little skill and you can confine the sanding to the edge of the boards--so you don't have a board that has new and old color-

If the sanding leaves to much of the black staining---use the acid on those spots once more--then sand again--

I'd start the sanding with 80 or 100 grit---then 150 for the final before color---

That floor is 'natural' but has mellowed with age----An oil based polly will help match that color--but might need a bit of stain to replace the patina that you sanded off---I think Ipswitch Pine by Minwax should be close--(do check the color chart--I am dismal at remembering names--my greatest failing and embarrassment,actually)

Keep me tuned in----there are others here with lots of woodworking and finishing experience---Others will offer suggestions,too.---Mike----
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Patrick--I'm back----You haven't sanded the area yet---do you have a pad sander or a random orbit?

--For a good look---sand the affected area until all the old finish is off the boards---A little skill and you can confine the sanding to the edge of the boards--so you don't have a board that has new and old color-

If the sanding leaves to much of the black staining---use the acid on those spots once more--then sand again--

I'd start the sanding with 80 or 100 grit---then 150 for the final before color---

That floor is 'natural' but has mellowed with age----An oil based polly will help match that color--but might need a bit of stain to replace the patina that you sanded off---I think Ipswitch Pine by Minwax should be close--(do check the color chart--I am dismal at remembering names--my greatest failing and embarrassment,actually)

Keep me tuned in----there are others here with lots of woodworking and finishing experience---Others will offer suggestions,too.---Mike----
Thanks for getting back to me Mike. I stripped as much of the finish off as I could and sanded as best I could, then applied several rounds of the oxalic acid. I don't have a pad sander or a random orbit so I've had to do it by hand. Today I picked up a sanding block so that should make sanding a little easier.

Based on the above pictures, do you think I need to sand more, then apply more oxalic acid?
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If you need to stain in order to add some color --the wood must be clean---so sanding or scraping will be needed for that--I've got a good hand with a cabinet scraper---but that's kind of a lost art--

The finish on the whole floor is going bad---so your 'fix' might look nicer than the rest of the floor--

Sand as well as you can---a razor blade can be used as a scraper for corners--then try your finishes--
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If you need to stain in order to add some color --the wood must be clean---so sanding or scraping will be needed for that--I've got a good hand with a cabinet scraper---but that's kind of a lost art--

The finish on the whole floor is going bad---so your 'fix' might look nicer than the rest of the floor--

Sand as well as you can---a razor blade can be used as a scraper for corners--then try your finishes--
Will do. Thanks again Mike.

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