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Knotty Pine flooring #1: Staining knotty pine flooring

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Blog entry by Rodney posted 08-16-2009 02:17 AM 6794 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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October of 2008 me and my loving wife enbarked on a remodel project of my childhood home. We are now coming close to end of the project and getting close to the move in date. Today I started stain the wood floor’s wich take up about 70% of the floor covering in the house and this is my first time to finish wood floors, so to save money we decided to do this our selves ( no-one can do it as well as you can any way right). Wrong I should have just paid the guy finish the floors. Every where I lapped the stain I have a heavy line in the floor and do not know how to get rid of that line and I don’t want to leave it but I may have, any one have any suggestion’s? Well 6 hours later and it’s done every thing looks great but the heavy lines, can someone help. Thanks

-- All we like is finishing! Rodney, Texas



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#1 posted 08-16-2009 05:52 AM

Hello Rodney;
....sorry to hear about the problems with the stain on the pine, the problem is were you say ’’lapped’’.

I just finished up with staining the floors (red pine) in a cabin of ours and the secret is to ‘not lap’. That means that you will only be doing one to two boards wide at a time and cutting the stain right to the edge of the board. Meanwhile the best way to correct this problem now if you want those lap marks and lines gone, is to pull up the boards in the rows where the problem is occuring and lay new wood back down….making sure you cut the stain on both sides right to the edge of the board.

Hope this helps some and just remember….the real master of any art, is the one who knows how to right the mistake after making the mistake….then there is no-mis-take.

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 06:24 AM

Pay a pro to fix it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 07:16 AM

after all your back breaking work..its either fix it or leave it…can you live with it if you leave it….or maybe take a day away from it and do as frank suggests and fix it….if its tounge and groove it would be impossible to take up the boards….i would think….....what about useing paint thinner and some steel wool…would that lighten the lines….maybe it would blend it in better…or like jim says…hire a pro to fix it….it sure looks good though..great job….we did pine plank flooring in our house when we built it…..no regrets…love it…...good luck amigo…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 08:06 PM

Not really sure what to tell you there but if it was me, I think I would try and sand the lines down a bit, wipe it down with a damp cloth to get all the dust up, let dry, notice I said a damp cloth not wet and then try and restain it where you sanded with a feather effect, meaning lightly go over where you sanded and try and blend it in. This may help as I’ve done this before and it didn’t come out picture perfect but good enough no one ever noticed it. Except me of course but then again I knew it was there. Hope this helps.

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#5 posted 08-16-2009 08:19 PM

I just read grizzman”s sugestion, and that might be the easiest way to go there at least try it, and if not I would go with what I said, Tearing it up to redo sounds a bit fanatical to me thats pretty extreme not counting the expence and all the work. I’d try grizzmans idea and if that wasn’t good enough try my idea and if it still isn’t good enough,,,,,sell it and buy a place thats got it all done the way you want L.O.L.

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Rodney

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#6 posted 08-16-2009 08:21 PM

Thanks so much for the info. I have plenty of wood left to replace the area were the stain laps and since we want the floor to really be the focal point of the roooms I believe I will all the advice and replace that area since it is in the center of the room and I am afraid if I sand and restain it will stain diffrent since it will change the texture of the grain. That is what is so great about this sight when you need help it’s there. Thank you so much every one

-- All we like is finishing! Rodney, Texas

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 12:56 PM

Hello Rodney;
....if I may let me add a further point on getting those boards up in the middle, if you don’t all-ready know this.

By taking a circular saw and setting the depth of your blade to the depth of the wood (depth of blade =depth of wood) you can now ‘plunge your saw down into the middle of your wood’....and run the distance(length) of your boards in that row. Next is only a matter of poping the boards up with a pry bar. If you should need help on getting those new boards back into place (half-lap or tongue and groove), then just pop a further note on this entry later today and I will get you a picture up of how easy that is to fix also.

Back in my grunt days of learning carpentry, before they let you lay it….it was the duty of grunts to understand how to take up what others had messed up….again those were the good old days of carpentry 101….lol.

....and yes you are right, sanding the wood on those boards will change (close the grain) and then those boards will look different from the surrounding boards when stained.

Of course, this is just my humble opinion and is still only worth .02 cents of sense….;

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#8 posted 08-18-2009 05:04 AM

Frank, Thanks for the info.It helped very much I felt I was going to have to take the boards out but was hoping there was a better way. But I bit the bullet so to speak and change the area out and have since have stained and finished the floor. Once again thank you to all who gave advice. I know where to go on the next project if I need help.

-- All we like is finishing! Rodney, Texas

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