Hardwood Floor refinishing in Lawrenceville, GA

February 12, 2012
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by msv
Lawrenceville, GA
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We refinished the existing red oak hardwood floors in this 1990's house in Lawrenceville, GA. The floors had the original finish on, probably some builder grae two coats of oilbased finish that was pretty worn off especially in high traffic areas like the foyer, kitchen and living room. There were also several stains throuhgout the house, some made by flower pots, some by pets. The owners wanted to go with a darker stain in order to contrast the stone work of the fireplace in the living room. After presenting them with some samples, they opted for Jacobean stain from Minwax. The problem was that the railings and the steps going upstairs were going to remain the same color, so I suggested inserting some boards to break the foyer from the dining room, living room and office area. We taped off those boards, applied the Jacobean stain on the rest of the floors, and then applied Ipswich Pine stain, also from Minwax, to match the railings and steps. This way, it looks like the two different colors used were intentional.

To finish everything off, we applied three coats of Bona Mega Satin finish, and installed stained shoemoulding around the perimeter.

The project was completed using a Clarke CAV-26 for dust containment, Hummel drum sander, Clarke super7 edger, Clarke DCS16 buffer and Bona DCS backvac.

Here the link to it on my site along with some other projects: http://www.getyourfloors.com/lawrencevillefloorrefinishing.html


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    Metro M & Labout 7 years ago

    How do you prevent stain bleed on your taped lines?

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    msvabout 7 years ago


    How do you prevent stain bleed on your taped lines?

    Frog tape usually does the job. I'm also using Bona stain ( not on this one, though) which doesn't bleed as much. But no matter what, there's still some bleeding that I have to gently scrape off here and there... Especially when i have to "pop the grain" like i did on this project

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    Metro M & Labout 7 years ago

    Thanks MSV, I'll give that a try. Tried blue a couple times and it always bled like crazy.

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    Metro M & Labout 7 years ago

    I see you're rocking the clarke 26. I tried one out on a job and was kind of underwhelmed. Are you pretty happy with it?

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    msvabout 7 years ago

    well.... I bought it used from a guy who was in a tight spot. got it for $1500.... It works okay, but the stock return hose(that pulls air from under the plastic bag) is worthless. It kept pullin the plastic bag up and get it stuck in the filter. I replaced the small hose with a PVC pipe I adapted and now works better.
    Overall I'm happy with it, but it depends on the job... more filler around the edges-->more dust....

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    msvabout 7 years ago

    why were u underwelmed?

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    Metro M & Labout 7 years ago

    My supplier wanted 3200 for the CAV. I get identical if not better results with my festool dc with a 2" hose. I plan on picking up a second festool and have 1 for edger and one drum. Only need one man for the festool (maybe you move that clarke up and downstairs solo but I can't). Total on the two festools with 24' 2" hoses about 1600. I can afford the 10$ in bags per 700 sq feet.

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