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Old 10-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Finishing A Decorative Strip Inlay


Does anyone know if I can selectively stain part of the decorative strip in my new Dining Room hardwood flooring installation? I installed a 2-1/4" maple strip in between two 3/4 walnut strips and added French (or Celtic?) knots on the inside corners of this big rectangle I created.

It looks really awesome now without stain but now my flooring contractor who's going to finish it said there is no way to keep the stain off the maple strip only, they have to just wash the whole floor with the one color stain. He said you always get bleed through if you try to tape it or cut it carefully.

My stain will be Fruitwood or possibly a medium dark Minwax type stain, but in testing the stains- especially the darker ones- my maple strip cut-off's look horrible. They absorb enough to look kind of dirty. I chose the maple-walnut combo to mimic the kitchen cabinetry in this large open kitchen/ dining room. I'd hate to lose the defined contrast and the beauty of the natural maple. Did I just hire the wrong flooring contractor, or is it truly too difficult/ impossible?

Thanks for any thoughts or voices of experience.
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Try taping off the walnut strips and a some of the oak then seal the maple since you want that to stay natural, then once the sealer is dry tape it off then stain the floor. Since the maple is now sealed you should have an easier time keeping the stain off the maple. It's time consuming but just a suggestions

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yes you can tape it off...we do it all the time..it easy..

just tape the maple off.

the walnut wont matter as the colors you are using will have no effect on it..it will look the same with stain or finish on it..

just sounds like hes being lazy..its takes time, but that's a small one..should only take about 20 minutes if that to tape it off.

when staining by the tape, use a drier application and pull away from the tape, not stain across it ..

a brush helps too..
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Don't stain it. Just use oil base poly.
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