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Re: hardwood floor peeling

Posted By: Joe
Monday, 28 February 2000, at 3:05 a.m.

In Response To: hardwood floor peeling (Wayne Edge)

If these were existing floors, it could be from using water based polyurethane over oil based polyurethane (a serious nono) or your floors had been previously waxed and not stripped. Only solution in this case is to completely strip the floors (preferrably by sanding) and start anew.

If these were newly installed unfinished floors or freshly sanded, you likely did not install a proper prime coat. This is done by thinning the initial coat to 50%. My advice is to never use water based poly on floors, not durable enough, so the prime coat would be a thinned 50-50 solution of oil poly and paint thinner. Solution again is to strip/sand and start over.

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