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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 03-03-2017 01:27 PM 283 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AAANDRRREW

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03-03-2017 01:27 PM

So, I finally won a battle with my better half! We have red oak flooring in our kitchen and it is about 10 years old and in dire need of a refinish. The wife is really into the new distressed or grey look she see’s on all the HGTV shows (you know, the ones where NOTHING ever goes wrong and in a matter of 30 min all things fall into place perfectly and a guy never hits his thumb with a hammer). We considered laminate or vinyl flooring, but decided to keep the flooring we have and have it refinished professionally. The quote we got was very favorable and the guy gave me a few scraps of red oak flooring to take to the paint shop to have them toss some stain on it and let her pick her color – they’ll mix it and customize it too. The flooring guy says he would like to use only “old masters” brand which is fine by me. I’ve used it before and it seems like good stuff.

Now my issue – all the examples of red oak stianed grey online are mainly using minwax colors (or so it seems). Does anyone here have any experience with staining their red oak grey? The flooring guy told me I’m already at a slight disadvantage because its red oak, not white (which he says is really becoming popular in new builds due to people wanting this grey look).

I’ll be taking the samples to the paint store tomorrow to see what they can do, but would like to see if someone has anything they were happy with.


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#1 posted 03-03-2017 03:05 PM

Are the edges of the planks chamfered? I am concerned about getting the old finish off before you start. Also make sure that the if the planks are veneered and not solid that the veneer is thick enough that you don’t have to worry about sanding through the veneer while stripping the old finish.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 03:07 PM

Hey Lazy – not sure what you mean by chmafered – but if you mean beveled like prefinished flooring, no. its all flush and solid 3/4” red oak. I verified by pulling up a heat vent.

Its also not stained – its natural with what I was told is a water borne finish, most of which is in dire need of TLC. We just bought the house, it’s 10 years old, and from the look of it, has never been refinished.

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 03:52 PM

Some wood flooring has a slight 45 degree relief cut along each edge which basically makes a little v-grove around each board (which basically collects dirt). Sanding that groove to remove the old finish, not to mention dirt that has collected there, would be a pain in the neck which is why I mentioned it. It sounds like yours doesn’t have that so the old finish can probably be stripped pretty easily with a belt sander before applying the new finish, which is probably what your contractor has in mind, so make sure you ask what they are planning to do to prevent dust from going everywhere in your house.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 03:55 PM

Ok – we were thinking the same thing. Nope, its all flush.

Contractor promises me minmial dust with their equipment. I can and will easily tape plasic curtains in the doorways and block the cold air returns when they are working for sure. Have a 3 year old and a 8 week old, so don’t want to expose them to the dust and fumes.

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