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Old 02-15-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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New Maple Floor By Floor Guy-Are These Results Normal Or Shoddy Work?


Hi. We have a floor guy who installed a maple floor and we're in the finishing stage. Instead of waterpopping he used sealer to prevent blotching. He put on 1 coat of a honey color stain and a second coat. He told us he did not wipe down the 2nd coat of stain. No clear coat on yet.

We see these things:

Dark streaks that look like a sideways swipe across many planks which leave areas lighter in stain color -4-5 feet areas of lighter color. This was less noticeable after the first coat of stain but we see from photos we took that it was there at that point. The llighter areas feel smoother-the darker areas feel rougher.

A streak of stain on the floor about 1/8" thick and 4" long. Can this be wiped off at this point?

Orbital sander marks along one wall-about 14" visible of the marks

Darker areas along walls and in front of base cabinet

All door casings cut are good except for one door casing that is cut high and not evenly-one jagged higher cut off area. Pretty bad looking. First try or what?

Distrubution of floor board Colors-because this is a smaller 8x10 floor area, I feel it's even more important to get a nice even distribution of floor board color/ variation. We paid a premium to get extra long boards the highest grade of maple. Most all ofthe boards vary little iin color, except for about 4 boards that are significanlty darker. When you walk into the room you are greet ed with 3 or 4 boards that look significantly darker and one of those is slightly off center making a long stripe down the room. He left a fair number of boards unused that are closer in color. Also in our small front entry hall he layed 2 very dark boards right next to one another.

Missed Stain One of the wood thresholds - the first coat of stain there is a spot about 2" square that was not stained. (We see a photo we took after the 1st coat was on-it was already like this.) With 2 coats of stain on, the spot is still there.

Are we just being too particular and these things are normal and to be expected in a good job?

Can these be fixed? And if so, how?

The uneven staining-what is most likely to have caused this?

And what would cause darker stain color along a wall and base cabinet?

If anyone has experience with this and can advise , it will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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Well, let me start by saying that, yes, you should be getting a better job than what it sounds like you are getting. Pictures would really help us diagnose your issues.

Finishing floors is one of the most difficult jobs out there. To get it right, you really need someone with years of experience. Flooring companies are notorious for hiring installers/finishers on the cheap. Companies that use in-house employees to do all the work usually do a very professional job compared to companies that hire outside installers/finishers.

Thankfully the clear coat hasn't been applied and you can discuss all of this and get it corrected by your flooring guy. Wood is a funny thing. It can take stain very unevenly. Hopefully this guy is experienced enough to get it right.
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