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Old 02-26-2015, 11:52 PM   #1
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oak hardwood - screen and recoat question


Hello DIYers,

My house was built in the late 60's and have the original hardwood floors. They are top nailed oak strips and we don't really like the orange/yellow tint.

I think the varnish or whatever is on there contributes a lot to the colour.

On my moulding there is overspray and it's pretty yellow.

I've attached a picture.

What I want to do is to sand it down to remove the yellow tinted varnish and maybe slightly the top of the oak to take it back to a more natural colour. I think this is typically called a screen and recoat?

And then I want to have a clear varnish, with no tinting so it's a more subdued, less yellow.

My question to you guys is what product should I go with for a varnish? Is there something that I should look at over something else? I'm thinking maybe a matte finish would be preferred and would eliminate the yellow-ness.

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Old 02-27-2015, 11:53 AM   #2
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The yellow tint is caused by an oil based varnish, water based will stay clear.


Forgot to say if you want the floor a lighter color you can bleach it to your liking.

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