what finish on old, oiled pine floors?


Old 06-10-02, 11:21 AM
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what finish on old, oiled pine floors?


I'm hoping you can help me. I recently bought an old house with pine flooring which I'm told was only finished with tung oil (don't know if it was pure tung oil or not). I don't think it was ever maintained, as the floor is very dull/dirty, with no water resistance at all.

What are my finish options? I want to protect it, but I want to keep the very rustic look and patina of the wood; I'm not even concerned about existing holes, cracks, etc. Also, it's only a weekend home, and there will be several rugs, so it won't get THAT much wear. Everyone says poly is the way to go, but I worry it's not the look I want. And because it only has a very old oil finish on it now, is it possible to just wash the floors and apply a finish without sanding?

Thanks so much,

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Old 06-10-02, 09:35 PM
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Restoring tung oil finished floors

Because the wood floors have been contaminated with oil, it may result in adhesion problems if you attempt a different type of floor finish. Typically, an annual application of tung oil keeps the floors well sealed.

To restore the tung oil finish:


"Tung oil can be spot applied in highly worn areas, facilitating long term care. When it becomes necessary to refinish the entire floor, you do not need to sand off the existing finish; you need only apply another coat of tung oil." The Wide Plank International Advantage. Retrieved 11 June 2002. http://www.wideplank.com/advant.htm

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I've had good luck using tung oil on antique furnture. You may want to clean the floor first. Use paint thinner and elbow grease. Heavy dirt could be sanded off. Then finish with a mixture of tung oil and turpentine. It's sticky and will take a while to dry. Apply with a rag. If the wood is real dry to start with, a second coat of oil wouldn't hurt. It should look beautiful, with a nice patina!
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You must first determine what type of finish is on the floor. There are many forum posts that report finish failure because of surface contamination and failure to provide compatible finish.
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