How to take the gloss down?

attofaradMarch 17, 2013

DW and I disagreed on the sheen level for our new rift sawn oak floor. I went with her choice, semigloss. Now done, with 3 coats of oil based poly. Too shiny for me in general, and of course the shine makes anything less than perfect flatness show up.

What is the best way to tone it down? Would a 4th coat, using satin, be too many total coats, and would it fix the sheen (with one additional coat)? Or can the existing semi-gloss just be buffed with something to knock down the sheen level?

This is kitchen, LR, library, halls, MBR.

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Another coat of lower gloss will work, make sure it is compatible with what is already there.

You could also use very fine steel whorl on a floor polisher to de-gloss the surface.

You may need to screen the surface for another coat of finish anyway.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 6:15PM
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We refinished our red oak floors with a satin finish. We have a large area rug. 5years later when I lift the rug to clean I notice that the surrounding floor looks glossy whereas the covered floor still looks satin. Maybe the wear and year has made it buffed? I don't know.

Just a thought.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 8:01PM
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