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Old 07-21-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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Way to fix a nick in hardwood floor urethane?


I was installing the shelves in my new fridge today and dropped one... of course, it was one of the freezer shelves which are metal. It landed in a high-traffic area visible from 3 rooms (of course!). There is a pair of small nicks/chips/scuffs that are no bigger than a pencil eraser in size, per nick. Both of them seem to be just the urethane/topcoat that has been damaged, and not the wood fiber underneath.

It appears "whiteish" on the medium brown birch floor. If I moisten the area lightly with my finger, the whiteish colour goes away and it nearly disappears completely.

What would you recommend I do? Since it's high-traffic in this area, I was thinking of getting a very small, almost sample-size amount of satin-finish urethane, and just using an artists brush to dab it onto the two spots, to hopefully fill them in (they're maybe 0.1mm deep... really shallow). Hopefully the moisture in the urethane does what my dampened finger did and makes the white appearance go away and lets the wood colour shine through.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is this possible? I'm fairly sure my floor was finished in a satin but it could be a semi-gloss. Will the 'new' urethane adhere or be compatible with the existing stuff, and actually stick to it?

Thanks everyone.
Eric, aka "Butterfingers The Moron Who Hopefully Didn't Ruin The Floor Of The House He Bought Two Weeks Ago"

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Old 07-22-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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I was thinking of getting a very small, almost sample-size amount of satin-finish urethane, and just using an artists brush to dab it onto the two spots, to hopefully fill them in (they're maybe 0.1mm deep... really shallow).
Thats what I would do but I would run masking around the damage so you do not get any on the good part of the floor. I do this on Laminate repairs and it works great.

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I agree with Daryl. This works for me
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Tape off the boards you want to fix exactly on their seams. Them rub them lightly with 180 grit paper. Tack off. and refinish lightly so you dont leave an edge. This is how we do all our surface repairs.
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