Hardwood Floor Finishing
Avoiding Those Swirl Marks
Creating the perfect finish on a hardwood floor without leaving any swirl marks is a challenge. These unwanted marks can occur when the floor is sanded to remove the old layers of paint, dirt, or sealant. They are scratches that appear in a circular pattern in the wood or finish.
Sometimes they are only visible under intense light or in front of patio doors.
Once the stain and finish are applied, it’s too late to get rid of them – and their removal is only possible by going back to bare wood and starting again.
If, however, the swirl marks are only in the top coats of the finish, it can be lightly scuffed and recoated.
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From particles of dust or debris that create an irregular depth of cut
At Sanding Wood Floors! We want to make sure the job is done properly the first time.
A flat, uniform surface is required for even absorption of the stain or finish – and to promote a good mechanical bond for the adhesion of the finish.
The finish – whether oil or lacquer – requires several coats. To obtain its optimal adhesion, screening is the technique that prepares one coat of finish for the next coat. Previous coats must be dry before lightly abrading the surface and putting on another coat.