Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Simpler than stripping

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 it as two separate areas in stages. I need a way to prep it without sanding and use a fast dry product.

A: In this particular case, I think your best bet is to go with one of the non-sanding finish options, such as Varathane Renewal. This two part kit is designed to go over the existing finish with no sanding required, forms an extremely durable cross linked finish, is waterbased, and the whole thing can be done in one day.