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Forum topic by Seamus0559 posted 10-27-2013 04:00 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2013 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple cherry oak sander finishing sanding refurbishing arts and crafts question tip trick flooring yellowing aging floor

I recently had a steam leak in the basement, which unfortunately did a number on the maple floor on the first floor. I did the repair work and had the floors refinished, but I can clearly see the new maple contrasting to the old. Will this yellow in time? How long will this take? Is there a way I can speed this process up by introducing more uv light to the repair section? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 04:05 PM

The new wood will darken in time whether it will match the old flooring is questionable. It’s kind of a rule of thumb, light wood darkens over time and dark wood lightens over time.

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 08:42 AM

How much will maple darken over time? I never noticed this with my maple but that may simply be that I haven’t looked for it.

I suppose you could stain the floors to try and make them look similar. However, I doubt you’d want to do that considering you’d need to strip the top coat finish first.

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 10:50 AM

Jim is right, Your new wood will develop it’s own patina over time. Maple tends to yellow as it ages. Most likely won’t match 100% though. The only way to get it to match is to either sand the entire floor down to bare wood and remove the original patina and let both woods age together or to sand and stain the floor. What kind of finish did you use on the new section? WB finishes will not discolor the wood but Oil base finishes produce a yellow or golden patina. lol.

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 10:52 AM

I didn’t realize this post was as old as it is. How did it go? What did you do to correct the issue?

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