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How do I remove permanent marker from a solid hardwood table?

A black permanent marker was used on my kitchen table. My daughter is 3, my bad for leaving the marker out! An image of the damage: The top circled area shows one mark. The bottom circle is ...
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What is the recommended technique for refinishing hardwood floors

I have old hardwood floors in my home that I'd like to refinish myself. I'm ok with all sorts of manual labor, but I'd like to know the preferred method for refinishing them without damaging my walls ...
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What are the pros and cons of various hardwood floor finishes?

Trying to decide how to stain/finish some new oak hardwood floors. What are the pros and cons of various options like stain+poly, tung oil, etc. I'm wondering about lifetime cost, durability, ability ...
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Can I sand bamboo floors?

I have prefinished bamboo floors in the kitchen and they are not in a good shape. I was wondering if i can sand them. Somebody told me that i can't send prefinished floors (oak or bamboo), somebody ...
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Can I apply water based polyurethane over oil based polyurethane and vice versa?

I can see brush strokes on a dining table from a previous application of polyurethane. I want to sand these and re-apply polyurethane. I do not know whether the previous application was a ...
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Refinishing floors - wood has blotches where filler was used - need advice on how to fix

BACKGROUND We had carpet over our hard wood floors. Decided to remove carpet and go with the hard wood floors. The floors were dated so we sanded them down to bare wood. The bare wood looked ...
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How can I restore this interior wooden siding?

I have a small entry way with wooden siding by my front door. It's not in great condition from the previous owners and I was hoping there would be a way to restore or just make it look better. Could ...
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Do I NEED to remove the wood trim to sand and re-stain it?

I have 108 year old original wood trim throughout my house. Due to a roof leak last February, three rooms on my first floor need to have most of the (also 108 year old) plaster walls removed and ...
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How can I sand 1/2 inch hardwood floors?

I need to refinish the hardwood floors in my new house. I was going to rent one of those giant drum sanders to do the job, but everywhere I read says that unless the floor is 3/4 inch thick, you ...
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How can I strip & Refinish this window frame?

Take a look at the following close-up of one of my window frames. I'd like to strip all the white paint off of it, possibly stain the wood, and finish it with a varnish. I have the following ...
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Is it possible to refinish floors one room at a time?

I live in a small townhouse and would like to refinish the floors in the upstairs of my home. It is very difficult to do all of the rooms at once, but a friend suggested that unless I do this, the ...
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Worth it to just clear coat a marginally beat-up wood floor?

The wood floors in our new-to-us house are kind of beat up. There are very few indelible marks and scratches that will require strategic furniture placement, but most of the damage is just superficial ...
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Options for Hardwood Floor Scratch and Gouge Repair

I have a 10 month old puppy who recently discovered her (apparent) love for the taste of wood putty. There was a rather large knot hole that had been plugged and finished in our living room floor that ...
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How do I patch sections of polyurethane coating on a hardwood floor?

Sections of the floor in our dining room have worn sections, where the polyurethane coating has worn through to the bare wood. Having the room emptied and properly refinished isn't really an option at ...
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How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?

When I was a kid I put a ton of stickers all over my wooden door. In addition, I also taped on posters and pictures. I tried removing the stickers and with some of them having been there for more ...
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Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?

I am evaluating a quote to refinish my hardwood floors and stairs. The contractor mentioned that they would not be removing the quarter-round below the base board and it would require touch up after ...
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Is sanding hardwood floors really necessary?

I bought my house a couple of years ago and I was told that there are beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet. I decided to rip up the carpets and find out (actually my dog decided that for me ...
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How do I fill nail holes in baseboards?

While installing a new floor in my living room I had to remove the baseboards (finished wood, not painted), now that the job is done and the baseboards have been replaced what is the best way to fill ...
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Stain-grade wood repair for door mullion?

One of our dogs apparently had a teething problem while we were out working in the garden, and decided to work it out on the wooden door's mullion. The mullion has been rather decreased in the ...
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How do I fix stain after sanding drips in polyurethane?

I applied the first coat of polyurethane after staining and the polyurethane ran. I sanded the runs and it is slightly lighter in color. Should I reapply stain at this point?
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When sanding hardwood floors, should I buy a rotary or oscillating tool?

I plan to refinish the hardwood floors in three bedrooms using an orbital floor sander because they seem easier and safer for beginners than the drum sander. I need something to sand the edges, and ...
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How do I finish my partially finished floor?

Ok here's the deal. I stained and poly'd the floor with 1 coat. I tried a floor buffer to sand after the first poly layer. Mistake.. the buffer was too strong. In a couple areas the buffer started ...
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How do I clean teak oil off of a paint brush?

I painted my outdoor wood table with teal oil last summer. I'd like to do it again using the same brush, but now the brush is stiff and gummed up. Last time I used it I washed it off with warm water, ...
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How do I pre-treat and stain my hardwood floors a dark color?

I'm about to embark on my first floor-refinishing adventure and I'm jumping in the deep end — not just refinishing, but also staining. And not just staining, but staining a light wood pretty dang ...
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Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

I am in a process to to get my hardwood refinished. The floor have few deep scratches and is of oak type hardwood. My question is: 1) Stain or not to Stain ? Is it a good idea to stain the ...
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How to easily clean up or refinish cheap top coat on hardwood?

I recently purchased a home, and it appears that the hardwood floors had a very thin and/or cheap top coat of finish applied to make them shiny with minimal effort. If I slide ANYTHING (even say a ...
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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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Hardwood floor refinish | correct / low cost finish?

I am refinishing wood floors on the smallest budget possible. I believe the wood is a red fir. It was installed in the late 50s and I think it has a worn layer of urethan. It has been under carpet for ...
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How do I remove paint from a porous table top?

I bought an unfinished kitchen set and had previously painted it white. We decided after a year that we wanted a bit of a different look. So, we decided we wanted the contrast of a natural or ...
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Should I use an epoxy finish on a high traffic hardwood floor?

We tried refinishing our very old hardwood floors last year but they haven't held up that well. The floor receives very heavy walking traffic. Perhaps two coats was not enough? We are thinking ...
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How do I fix up an unfinished, oil-stained pine table?

I have an unfinished, salvaged natural hardwood, pine table, similar to the Restoration Hardware salvaged wood trestle table. I spilled some olive oil on it and then did something worse -- tried to ...
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How can I transition between rooms when refinishing hardwood floors?

I'm planning to rent a sander and refinish the ugly floor that is the darker floor in the photo. I'm also planning to pull up the carpet which has nice hardwood under it in good shape (no refinishing ...
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How can I repair heavy hardwood scraping?

We're moving out of our apartment and we need to repair the hardwood floor of our apartment for the next tenant that lives here. Apologies as I cannot take a picture of the floor at the moment. I ...
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What can I do about a damaged finish of Bruce hardwood floors?

we recently contracted someone to help us remodel a home in Florida to fix and resell. As it ended up the contractor was not currently licensed. We should have known by the way he was working on ...
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How can I determine if there is asbestos in something?

I pulled up some old flooring. Underneath there is material that looks like paper, maybe fabric, that is glued to the hardwood below. I would like to refinish the hardwood. Is there an easy way to ...
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“Spot” refinish pine floor with tung oil: possible? crazy?

Overview: I live in an old (mid 1800's) house I'm preparing to sell. Some (new) wide plank pine floors in the kitchen have lost their finish in areas (photos below). I'm pretty sure they were ...