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Old 05-14-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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I am laying unfinshed red oak hardwood floors in my whole house. Can I vanish the strips before I put them down or is it best to wait until after they are down. Can I at least put a coat on them before laying them so they do not take up oils from our hands or something getting spilled on them before I get them varnished.

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You can not put any finish on until after the installation. After install you need to sand the floor flat and smooth first. Then you will need to put atleast 2 coats of poly on.

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You can not put any finish on until after the installation. After install you need to sand the floor flat and smooth first. Then you will need to put atleast 2 coats of poly on.

Sanding is a MUST--the surface will not be smooth enough without several passes with a floor sander.

Floor sanding equipment can be rented----or a service can be hired at a fair price to sand and finish the wood that you install.

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Buy a few rolls of contractor paper and protect them somewhat with that or plastic if you must stop at Starbuck's. No red wine or corkscrew, or even bubbly stuff, near the place until the final coat is on.

You could try to replicate the crap ass finish on factory delivered flooring but you have come this far. You are doing this the way it used to be done and and the way it should be done. I find century old floors like your new one at times. Don't blow it. Sand and finish in place.
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