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Forum topic by wmsts posted 02-16-2018 10:39 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wmsts

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02-16-2018 10:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing

Here’s the situation: I just refinished my old (1925) white oak floors and purchased quarter rounds with the apparently foolish idea that I could simply poly them with the same poly used on the floor they would match the fooor. Of course they don’t come close to matching: the quarter rounds are much too light. So I need to darken them up quite a bit to go ahead and match the very dark trim used throughout the place. [The floors were originally dark too].

How in the world can I do this though? I just put the (water-based) poly on two days ago. I’ve been looking at Minwax Polyshades, but the reviews are awful and I’m not sure that it will adhere to the poly since it obviously hasn’t cured yet. It looks like they have a gel as well that might work (or maybe not, for the same reason). Should I just sand them down and start over? Can I even sand them down now since I just put the poly on two day’s ago?

Argh! This is driving me crazy; I was hoping to have everything installed today…

Any advice would be much appreciated.


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Richard Lee

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 11:38 AM

Get some more quarter round.

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 11:48 AM

The only thing I can think of (well, not the only…but maybe the easiest) would be to get some dye and mix it with the waterborne finish. Then apply another coat. This would take some experimenting to get the color correct (the hard part) but then should be an easy application.

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 11:49 AM

Several ways you can do that

First off…..why did you select quarter round in leau off shoe mold ?

Need more info here…....did you stain the oak ?

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 01:23 PM

Just love it when folks finish without testing. Not worth the time to sand qtr round, throw it away and get some more. I would use dye, and yes you will need several colors to mix to ge the same color as 90 yr aged wood. Depends on how close you want it. You could mess around with regular ob stains like minwax and you might find something you like. The mw wb poly will cover ob stain just let it dry a couple of days and wipe down with 1:1 water/dna before applying the poly. Whatever you do, buy an extra pc of moulding to TEST the entire finish schedule before applying to the pieces to use.

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wmsts

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 03:33 PM



Get some more quarter round.

- Richard Lee

Hoping to avoid that, but if I must….

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wmsts

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#6 posted 02-16-2018 03:36 PM



The only thing I can think of (well, not the only…but maybe the easiest) would be to get some dye and mix it with the waterborne finish. [....]

Interesting. Might look into this.

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wmsts

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 03:39 PM



Several ways you can do that

First off…..why did you select quarter round in leau off shoe mold ?

Need more info here…....did you stain the oak ?

- cabmaker

I chose quarter rounds because the floors are a little rough around the edges. And some of the original trim is still there (isolated in a hallway) and it’s quarter round .

The oak was not stained (neither the floors nor the QR).

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 03:41 PM

Sanding them all down would work and starting over. A easier way would be to take a few test areas and get some of the stain/poly mix (several colors) and test them out to see which is the best fit. Remember the more you coat them the darker they will get.
Also pics would help

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wmsts

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#9 posted 02-16-2018 03:43 PM



Just love it when folks finish without testing.
[...]
Whatever you do, buy an extra pc of moulding to TEST the entire finish schedule before applying to the piece.

DIYer who always seems to learn lessons the hard way. [Did painted trim before only, obviously didn’t need to test then].

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wmsts

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#10 posted 02-16-2018 03:58 PM



Sanding them all down would work and starting over. A easier way would be to take a few test areas and get some of the stain/poly mix (several colors) and test them out to see which is the best fit. Remember the more you coat them the darker they will get.
Also pics would help

- JCamp

The PS Honey is almost an exact match for the trim. It doesn’t have the be exact, just in that direction. Might be smart to start here.

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#11 posted 02-16-2018 09:55 PM

I don’t think you can sand them down enough for a stain to get through the poly you already applied. It will have soaked in to the wood.
Your best bet is to sand them lightly with 220 sand paper. Then apply a couple of coats of poly that you have added color to. The color you use will need to be compatable in which ever form of poly you used; water base or oil base. As some of the snipes said: do some tests first. I’m 90 % certain you can get the results you want doing it this way.

-- Les B, Oregon

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