Waterlox and matching new/old floor
As part of our kitchen/great room reno, I am about to finish the flooring. A wall came out and we continued the plugged red oak floor in the family room into the kitchen.
I wove the floor in and from a physical layout they look perfect. However, I now have half the room bare and half with really bad flaking poly finish.
We have 4 gallons of waterlox to finish with and the plan was to rent a random orbit floor sander and use my palm sander and corner sander to knock off the old poly and remove the mill marks from the new.
The only thing I am worried about now is having an obvious transition from old to new. There is a lot of color variation in both floors, which will help, but I'm worried one will be pale and the other amber or dark/light, etc.
Any advice on what to look for?
Will I be able to tell when I do a mineral spirits wipe down if the color will match?
Can an extra coat of waterlox on one or the other darken it, or does the color get pretty consistent after the third coat?
All help appreciated!