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Old 10-17-2012, 12:13 PM   #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. The field flooring is thin strip red oak.

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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Old 10-17-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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A book called Wood flooring by Peterson describes how to do it. Good luck and nice work.

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amazing job on that,

can be done but dont expect an everyday sander to get it right, maybe get a french polisher in to do staining
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That looks awesome. It would be tedious, but I'd try to shellac the maple before staining. Might wanna do a mock up & test on some samples before trying my theory on your finished floor. I would think you should be able to mask off the surounding wood without the shellac bleeding over.

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Its not broken dont fix it. Personally I would avoid this job - needless complexity and a client that cant be satisfied with a perfectly beautiful floor.

I know that many make their money trying to satisfy these types but in general I find this kind of client to be the most demanding, least willing to take responsibility for their decisions and most likely to pull one of the various work for free shenanigans such as you scratched my x buy me xyz, im not paying, im suing if you try to make me pay, im trashing your name if you try to make me pay, I know its not in the bid but do it anyway because im so awesome etc...
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Its not broken dont fix it. Personally I would avoid this job - needless complexity and a client that cant be satisfied with a perfectly beautiful floor.

I know that many make their money trying to satisfy these types but in general I find this kind of client to be the most demanding, least willing to take responsibility for their decisions and most likely to pull one of the various work for free shenanigans such as you scratched my x buy me xyz, im not paying, im suing if you try to make me pay, im trashing your name if you try to make me pay, I know its not in the bid but do it anyway because im so awesome etc...
In the original post he said its his floor. So the only client he needs to please is himself.

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