I refinished a set of hardwood floors before and I used a clear sealer and water based poly. It turned out pretty good.
Now I'm taking up a notch. I'm doing another set of hardwood floors. I want to stain and use oil based poly. I read the directions on the minwax stain (red mahogany) and it says I can apply the stain a second time after 6 hours of drying to get it darker. I did a sample portion of the stain on a small part of the floor so I know what the first coat looks like. Here's my questions: 1) Do I need to screen between the stain coats 2) Is this a good idea I heard that if I put too much sealer down the poly won't adhere 3) Can I wait longer that 6 hours like 2-3 days before applying another stain 4) What can I do to make sure the poly adheres well 5) After the first stain coat dries do I need to tack cloth the floors again 6) Do I need to sand off the sample stain test before applying the first coat.
Thanks guys and gals for all the help. This forum has really helped!
1. Not necessary
2. It won't cause a problem for adhesion
3. You could wait longer but the floor may not take the second coat as well
4. This shouldn't be a problem
5. Probably not a bad idea but not required
6. Definitely or else the area will remain darker