Finishing new wood f loor


Old 03-28-01, 08:11 PM
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We just put in a new 3/4 inch red oak floor. It was unfinished so we used Minwax stain/polyurethane combo. One coat is on and we need to smoothup the floor a bit before we put on a second coat of the same product. What is the proper grit to use here? We sanded the floor with 100 grit for the final sanding before we stained. Should we have sanded it smoother? Is that why we need to sand now? We are doing a few more rooms--this one was the first--so any advice to make the next ones go more smoothly would be appreciated.
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Old 03-30-01, 08:45 PM
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sand with 150 to 180 grit before applying the second coat. Many times the grain on oak will raise a bit after the first coat is applied. 100 to 120 grit is fine for preping the wood before finishing. Normally it is recommended to use a sanding sealer first before applying the final finish. Check the mfg's recommendations for number of coats, drying time etc. Good Luck.

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