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  • Refinishing Floors

    At some point in the indefinite future I will be refinishing a number of floors in my home. The floors are old red-oak and I'm considering staying with a wax finish rather than going to poly. I understand it will be more work and the floors will be more prone to a variety of injuries, can anyone think of other reasons to move away from wax?

    Also, does anyone have a recommendation for brands of penetrating sealer that may be superior products?

    Much appreciated...

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    Re: Refinishing Floors

    I'm a purist when it comes to wood products. Then again, I grew up in households with wooden floors that required constant maintenance. Until you've waxed and polished an expanse of wooden floors, you can't know the pain and trouble it is. I swore to never have a wooden floor. Now, with the poly finishes, I'm very happy with the expansive amount of wooden floors we have. I would seriously reconsider your decision. The old finishes just don't work.
    I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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      They are nice but I would use at lease shelac over the stain and under the wax BRI wax perhaps but I would look at https://www.waterlox.com/

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        We had a professional sand and refinish a few of the rooms in our 1887 house. Unfortunately the entire first floor had to be replaced, due to wear, old heat and return cutouts and just a century a hard knocks.

        The upstairs hall and three bedrooms were sanded, stained and poly'd w/three coats. They are actually easier to care for than the new red oak and I wish the old first floor had been good enough to save.

        I'd suggest poly if you can put up with the odor. It lasted for months and even after a year, if the house is closed up in this warm weather you can smell the poly. BUT, they look pretty good and are very durable.

        CWS

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          Re: Refinishing Floors

          You will find that you will probably have to stay with a wax finish. Wax penetrates to a degree that it's very difficult to completely sand it off or out of the floor, if the floor was never finished with a shellac or varnish before the wax was applied. You can sand it to clean it up but wax is about the only thing that will stick anymore.

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            Re: Refinishing Floors

            Originally posted by Cookn View Post
            You will find that you will probably have to stay with a wax finish. Wax penetrates to a degree that it's very difficult to completely sand it off or out of the floor, if the floor was never finished with a shellac or varnish before the wax was applied. You can sand it to clean it up but wax is about the only thing that will stick anymore.
            I hadn't really considered that. You're probably right. The previous owner had some water damage in a hallway that required refinishing to repair. Its still wax finished and now I wonder if it was a necessity rather than an election. Hmmm...

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