Refinishing White Oak Floors

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Blog entry by Biscuit posted 06-23-2012 03:00 PM 7145 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’m buying a house that was built in 1916 and the previous owner sanded down the white oak floors but never bothered finishing he job. I’m wondering what finish to apply to get an original looking finish. Oil based poly over a stain or just several coats of the poly itself? Any advice from someone who has done this before would be appreciated. Thanks.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 04:28 PM

I would just use a finish and no stain. The oak will have so much character to the grain since it is almost 100 years old. I have used oil based poly on floors before but the new water based floor finished are extremely durable and dry quickly with no odor like the oil will have. I finished oak floors in a old house I used to own that was built in 1910 and the water based finish held up fantastic and had a great look.The water based finish will not give a yellowish tint to the oak as a oil based will.

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