Armstrong oak parquet flooring

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Old 05-25-12, 04:41 AM
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Armstrong oak parquet flooring

Hello and good day.

Yesterday I "tried" to lay some flooring in my 10x12 bedroom.
I started out okay but then squared up from a different wall mid stream.
Ended up with lots of 1/8 inch gaps between squares. I didn't realize
my mistake until 75% complete. I can live with the gaps I guess.
Is there some kind of wood filler maybe that I could use to fill in??
And then a coat of urethane over the top? The wood tiles are oak.
They are made up of 1"x6" strips of oak formed into 12" tiles.
the 1"x6" strips are various shades of oak. Is there a wood filler
on the market that would match up well with the oak?

Thank you for your time.

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Old 05-25-12, 04:48 AM
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ouch

You could use colored putty to fill the gaps. Dependent on the stain color there are other fillers that might work [may need stain] The main thing is to keep the wood surrounding the gap clean. A rag damp with thinner works well with the putty. I like apply a coat of poly over the parquet - that helps to seal all the joints. It does need a light sanding or be wiped down with a liquid deglosser first - to promote good adhesion.
 
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Thank you for kind reply.
Although the wood tiles are not stained,
there is a urethane coating already on them.
Can you recommend any particular brand or type of filler/putty?

Thank you for your time.
 
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I've never paid much attention to the brand name but I think Minwax is one of them. IMO the color is the most important. I usually get 2 different jars and intermix the colors as needed so it will blend better. You'll find the colored putty most anywhere stain and varnish/poly is sold.
 
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Thanks much Marksr.

I just bought some filler...
I'll give it a try!
 
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Hello and good day.

The colored wood filler did okay on filling in the 1/8 inch gaps between tiles.
It is obvious that approximately 20% of the corners of the tiles are not actually
corner to corner. But the wood parquet is busy looking enough with all the grains
going in different directions, that it is not too noticeable right off.
In other words, I know I did a terrible flooring job....but I did learn something
from my mess.

I have another question...
After I get all the wood filler in place, I want to put Polyurethane over the whole floor.
Probably two or three coats.

What is the best application tool/tools to use for spreading the Polyurethane on the floor?

Rollers? Pads? Brushes? I've seen some 4"x6" flat brushes for deck sealing.

I would like to be able to stand up when applying the finish to the floor.

Does anyone here have a preferred method for this task??

Thank you for your time
 
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You can use a lambswool pad along with a roller pole - that will allow you to stand but you'll still need to bend down to do your cut in work. To insure a good bond with the parquet finish you need to either sand lightly or wipe the finish down with a liquid deglosser.
 
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Thanks Marksr!

I didn't know about product such as liquid deglosser.

I will definitely try to find lambswool pad.


Do you have a preference as to Urethane or Polyurethane besides easy cleanup?
 
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I'd go polyurethane - the only urethane I use is spar urethane for outdoor protection.
 
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Thank you for kind reply.

Will use the polyurethane
 
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There are different urethanes just like there are different polys - the main thing is to make sure it's formulated for floors.

A liquid deglosser [like liquid sandpaper] softens and cleans the existing finish so the new coat will bond/adhere better.

I'd use an oil base poly. A waterbased poly may or may not adhere well to the factory finish.... you'd really need to know what they used to know if waterbased would be compatible.
 
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Old 05-30-12, 02:52 PM
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Thanks again Marksr.

I'll make sure to use the oil base poly.

I just finished flooring in the last closet.

I ordered the flooring and the adhesive online. Very reasonable
cost compared to local flooring places within 75 miles.
Even with the shipping charges, the online cost was less than store bought.

My only real complaint about this project concerns the adhesive.
I ordered EverLAST Premium Urethane Adhesive S-196.
When I opened the 2 gallon metal can and looked inside, the adhesive
was already hardened. I had to cut out the top 2" of hardened adhesive
to be able to use any of it. Even the spreadable stuff
was like a sticky taffy apple coating and very heavy.
As you might have guessed...I ran out of adhesive.

Luckily, I had a half of a gallon of parquet adhesive (different brand)
left over from a small project five years ago. It was still like new!!

So again I thank for all your help and suggestions.
It's an old house, so I guess I can live with a few imperfections.

You guys are great!
 
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