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Ideas on Engineered sanding/staining--weird problem


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09-15-12, 10:56 PM   #1  
Ideas on Engineered sanding/staining--weird problem

Hello all. Hope someone has some ideas on this one. An aquaintance of mine had engineered floors put in a few years ago. They were not happy with the sheen so decided on putting a coat of finish on themselves. Not sure what they used but was a product they ordered online. Well a couple years later (which is now), I guess the new finish has started separating from the old and looks kinda bad.

The problem is the floor has a dark stain on it and I'm leery to suggest they sand the entire floor down due to possibly over sanding into the stain and opening that whole ball of wax. Does anyone have any suggestions?? They are open to doing it either way, so money isn't really the concern. I thought maybe a screen and patience but thought I'd see if anyone here happened to have this problem before.

Thanks for any input! Greg

 
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09-16-12, 02:50 AM   #2  
Engineered wood floors "usually" have a wear layer that is several mm thick. Since there is probably no way to screen all of the old (new?) finish off without completely scuffing the applied color of the engineered wood, they will likely need to sand the floor down far enough that it can be completely restained and finished.

 
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09-16-12, 03:26 AM   #3  
Hey Brant, up early??? I agree, the aluminum oxide finish, without scuffing, is probably the reason it failed to accept their application of poly. The aluminum oxide would have probably worn for 25 years or more had they not tried to modify it.

 
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09-16-12, 05:31 AM   #4  
Yeah, the poor adhesion makes it obvious it was a bad idea, which they probably realize now.

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09-16-12, 08:41 AM   #5  
I agree, it sounds like whatever they applied was not given a chance to properly adhere to the surface of the flooring. They could try to just remove their coating but I agree with X and Chandler, it's likely not going to work.

 
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09-16-12, 07:33 PM   #6  
Okay- thought that would be there real option, but blahhh!, won't be fun for them. Thanks for the opinions guys!!

 
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