Patching Poly?


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Old 07-04-15, 09:20 PM
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Patching Poly?

My wood floors were resealed a few years ago. Today I dropped a banister, and the edge of the banister gouged the landing - the wood looks to be okay, but the seal chipped off. It's only about the size of a quarter... Any thoughts on cleaning that up? You know, short of sanding the whole thing and starting over!
 
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Old 07-05-15, 05:11 AM
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You might try sanding the individual boards affected and then neatly applying poly to just those boards.
 
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Old 07-05-15, 06:28 AM
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I was afraid you were going to say that.
 
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Old 07-05-15, 06:48 AM
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While poly doesn't touch up well, if you just do individual boards [stopping neatly at the end/edge] the repair won't be overly noticeable and should blend in over time .... assuming you use the same sheen of poly. Do you know if it's water based or oil based?

I reread your post, is the affected board [s] flooring or a tread?
 
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Old 07-06-15, 04:06 PM
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Flooring, and it was water based.

Not certain what sheen originally used. I bought semi-gloss (figuring even gloss has dulled) and literally used a Q-Tip to fill it. Not perfect, but better.

Now, when I have time, I will sand! (But sanding just one board seems like a fool's errand).
 
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The properties than allow poly to be hard/long wearing also make it hard for dirt and/or another coat of poly to adhere well. Sanding roughs up the poly giving 'tooth' for the next coat to adhere well. You don't have to do a heavy duty sanding, just a light scuff sanding. The hardest part is limiting the sanding just to the boards in question.
 
 

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