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Forum topic by Lumberslumber posted 09-07-2012 10:30 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2012 10:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oil based polyurethane hardwood oak refinish tint topcoat whitewash pickle

Okay. I just had our 90 year old oak floors redone in our home. I was going to do them myself, but i destroy with band sanders. Anyways, i really wanted a white based finish. Or a non-yellow finish. I went through all sorts of options including whitewashing, pickling, white stains and so forth. Our finisher refused to do anything white. He said it doesn’t hold up. I don’t believe it. Whitewashing, perhaps? But what about a strong white stain like bona? Anyways, i decide to go natural. Sand and then water based to avoid the yellowish. Well, my husband doesnt like to argue. So he let them do oil finish. My floor is yellow . I cant do yellow in this room! I am a pretty serious decorator and my entire scheme was based on a white/linen base with already painted walls. I cant redo it, (floors or paint) but i thought about adding a third coat of oil based poly that was mixed with just a touch of an off white oil paint. Is this insane? Any other topcoats that would gently subdue the yellowness and wont mess up the otherwise gorgeous job?

-- Adrienne, Ohio

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 02:10 PM

First off; Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ve asked a tough question and I’m curious too. I’ve done a lot of finishing over the years with all types of finishes, but I really don’t have any experience with finishing floors. Since most furniture and cabinets don’t get high traffic being walked on, (lol) I would be afraid to recommend anything. I hope we have some LJ’s that have experience working with floors and different type finishes that hold up well under those conditions and can help you with your situation.
If we don’t have any LJ’s here with that type experience, you may need to check with a number of different companies that do hardwood floors and get their different ideas that would work best. Each of us usually find a finish that we like and pretty much stick to that. It depends on the type woodworking we do,what kind of look we are going for, what we’re comfortable working with and how we apply it. Like I said, over the years I’ve used a lot of different finishes, but now I’ve settled on a couple that I really like, but they certainly wouldn’t work in your case.
Good luck and I’ll be watching too. I would love to learn more about finishes for floors.

-- John @

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 03:39 PM

if you have some of the finish left
do a sample the way the floor is now
(better make a few)
and then try out your paint finish
over it (might scuff first)
and see how it goes

try mixing a little
then more
till you get it the way you like it

good luck

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 04:48 AM

Adrienne, I will suggest that you call Jeff Jewitt @ 216-631-5309 . He is a nationally recognized finishing/re-finishing expert and a really good person. He is also a Buckeye, but I won’t hold that against either of you. ;) Let us know how you make out.

-- Art

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