Need advice on finishing yellow pine flooring

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Old 04-21-08, 08:11 PM
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Need advice on finishing yellow pine flooring

I'll be putting down about 400 sq. ft of 1x8 t&g yellow pine flooring and need advice for finishing. I would like to use a darker stain to match or come close to the existing flooring in the house which I did not do. (The 400 sq. ft. is a new addition). Do I need to use a sanding sealer before staining? Anything else I should be aware of or any finishing tips would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Sanding sealer is often recommended for yellow pine. It helps prevent tannic bleed.
 
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The wood will not accept stain after sanding sealer is applied.
 
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Can you stain first and then apply sanding sealer, or is that not recommended?
 
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Yellow pine flooring is pretty much finished the same way as any other wood flooring although yellow pine isn't the easiest wood to stain but unlike it's softer cousing, it rarely needs a wood conditioner. As always when matching stains, it is best to test finish some scrap pieces first!

Sanding sealer isn't recomended under most polyurathanes but can be used under varnish. With a poly finish, you use poly for all coats.
 
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That makes sense because with poly the tannic bleed is not an issue.
 
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