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KUIPORNG 03-29-2010 09:35 AM

Is some hardwood not able to change colour?
Hi Everyone,

We bought a new house, upsizing, now, my picky wife doesn't like the colour of the hardwood floor... my question is:

The house is 7 years old with those narrow oak hardwood strips.... one of my friend told me that those newer hardwood you cannot change its colour because they are pre-finished..... only the older house which floor are stained after putting together you can change colour....

is my friend right or wrong?

My other friend said as long as there is no gap between the hardwood strips, you can do it... in my case, the hardwood are closely place together and there is no gap...

Also the colour right now is light, we want to darken it... does that mean we don't need to remove it's colour, only remove the protective coat, and put more darker stain on it....

We will probably hiring a contractor to do it... but before talking to them we want to be knowledgeable...

Please offer your professional advice...

thank you

Bob Mariani 03-29-2010 12:57 PM

your friend is wrong on all accounts. Wood flooring comes in pre-finished and unfinished. Either can be refinished. To change the color it needs to be sanded to raw wood and stained then poly'd. Most engineered woods may only have a very thin coating and this will make the sanding tough or impossible to do. Gaps have nothing to do with either type. New wood floors are still done the way they did it 100's of years ago. So this too was incorrect info. Your flooring guy will be able to tell you what you can or cannot do.

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