Scratches in floor

Old 02-04-04, 10:45 AM
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I have oak floors with a clear high gloss polyurethane finish. I mistakenly used the green scratchy side of the sponge and got some cross-grain scratching. The scratches go through the polyurethane and into the wood. I tried some 0000 steel wool to smooth it out and a applied some more polyurethane with pantyhose.

It looks OK, but I have 2 problems. 1- the scratches are deeper than I thought and 2- i can see where the new polyurethane ends and they old poly starts.

I figure I can use some 400 grit sandpaper to get the scratches out, but what's the best way to make the old and new polyurethane look seamless?

Any help is appreciated...

Old 02-04-04, 12:41 PM
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Use a scraper to get most of the poly off and then a 60 or 80grit paper to get the scratch out.Then steelwool the edge of the old poly really good and when you poly use a brush and start with the center of the wood lengthwise and feather out in both directions! (p.s. You might have to put 2 coats so steelwool between coats.)
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It will always look like a repair, until you screen and coat the entire floor.

The new poly will always look shiny, compared to the rest no matter how much feathering you do.

Although I have seen some old timers, using rubbing compounds, to get the worn less shiny look in a new poly, so it would look closer to the original finish. It was better, but not exact.

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