I just got done staining a red oak floor with a dark stain (my first time using stain)
Before I stained I ran the OBS 18 with 120 grit paper mostly running the machine with the grain, except the last few rows where my back hit the wall I ran the machine perpendicular to the boards, and well it shows up like a sore thumb, 3 obvious rows coming through the stain looks like the outside of the machine left 3 inch rows.
Can I hand sand out and re stain? Is there a trick to getting a blend? What should I do? re-staining the floor is out of the question everything else looks great. I thought you could run this machine any direction but boy did that turn out to be a mistake. Any help thanks.
Where your back hit the wall??
next time run the machine left to right side to side with the grain..not back and forth..
Not necessarily true..the job may not need to be redone..but pictures would help making that assertion.
the stain can be fixed and evened out as long as its not a total abortion.
after he makes the correction with hand prep..if still not looking completely right, he can add a second coat to help bring it together.
let it dry a couple days then begin coating.
the only issue is sometimes you spend alot of time di ckin around when it would be faster to just re do the job.
that decision cant be made from the net..
Don't have pictures but basically it's about 800 sq feet of red oak flooring and near one of the walls starting about 4 feet out are '3' 3inch rows that look like the 120 grit sand paper must have polished the floor a little more unevenly. Maybe the machine had wood dust on the bottom of the square pad that caused the rows?
Also will a satin poly help hide the color variations or make it worse?
Then again, I've never done a whole job with a jitterbug either.
Here is some advise for staining a floor perfectly.. The progression I have found to work great is.. Drum sand w/ 50 grit, edge with 50 grit, edge again with 80 grit, drum with 80, palm sand all areas that were edged with 60 grit, buff the floor with 100 paper disc, buff again with 120 screen .. Then wipe the floor down with water "water popping", let dry and apply stain using a buffer. Use one white pad to apply the stain and one to wipe it. I like to work in about 5' sections. Buffing the stain gets it really even.. Hope this helps on the next one.. As for this one it unfortunately probably has to be redone completely.