Michael Dresdner

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Spot on

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Q: Can no-sand floor renewal finish systems fill in worn spots on a baked on factory finish? A: Yes, they are made to go over any finish. However, the problem with worn spots is that they may or may not look the same. Many, but not all, finishes, both commercial and industrial, add amber to [...]

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Gaps away

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Q: My floor looks good but there are some small gaps between the floor boards. It is an oak herringbone floor with a polyurethane finish. What is the absolute best product to use to fill the existing gaps? A: In my opinion, it is trowel filler or pore filler, depending on the size of the [...]

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Wax on, wax off

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Q: I have waxed oak floors. They are extremely dull. I used liquid cleaner with dark pigment but that only seems to last a few weeks before they dull up. Is there a better product? A: Commercial cleaners remove wax. Thus, if the shine from your floors comes from wax, using a wax removing cleaner [...]

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Wax on, wax off

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Q: My oak floor has a factory wax finish from 1982. Can it be refinished using a polyurethane? How do you know the wax is completely removed? A: Scrubbing the floor thoroughly with mineral spirits on a nylon abrasive pad and wiping the residue with paper shop towels will remove any surface wax. After that, [...]

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Topping off the floor

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Q: It been about six years since I’ve had my hardwood floors installed. I want to apply a couple of coats waterbased polyurethane sealer to the floor but I’m not sure whether the installer used oil or water. A: Several companies offer special waterbased floor finishing kits designed to go over any type of floor [...]

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Pore it on

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Q: I would like to finish some oak with solid color lacquer from a spray can. I want the finished surface to be very smooth and have the grain completely hidden. I’ve been using Crystalac brand grain filler, but after five coats the grain is still visible in places. Should I continue with more coats, [...]

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Simpler than stripping

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Q: My oak wood floor was refinished in the spring of ’06 before moving to this house. Now the surface is gone where we walk and needs to be refinished again. The contractor claimed three coats of oil polyurethane were applied. We have dogs and cats and considering the layout I will need to refinish [...]

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