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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 where ...
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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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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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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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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 to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

I'm refinishing solid pine wood doors in my home, the doors are original from 1940 when the home was built. After stripping multiple layers of paint, I found a few panels separated on some doors (just ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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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 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 water-...
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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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How to fill holes in Hardwood Floor, Large, Medium, and Small

The floors in this home are likely original from the 1920's. The lovely owners of the house before me did not care much as it was a rental, and we now have tons of paint and holes on and in the floors....
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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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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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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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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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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 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 questions:...
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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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How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane?

I have applied 3 coats of poly so far. I'd like to smooth out the surface before the final coat. What type of sander should I use: Square Buff Floor Sander , Random Orbit Floor Sander , or just a ...
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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 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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Cons of Not Refinishing Worn Wood Floor?

I am moving into a house. The wood floors show signs of wear and tear. The varnish has worn away in places and the bare wood is showing. But refinishing will cost $3,000 for some 1,100 sq.ft. That ...
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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 process....
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Staining a 130 year old pine floor

So.. we decided to rip up carpet and plywood to find original planks (pine) in one of the third floor rooms in our 1880 home. Fast forward to save you on reading.. I applied a penetrating oil based ...
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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

So we are refinishing an old oak hardwood floor, we have sanded it and are cleaning it currently before we apply a satin water-based polyurethane (with no stain). Probably from varathane or minwax. ...
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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 it ...
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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 I'...
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Ideas to save hardwood floor from botched tung oil job?

We bough a 200+ (but not much more!) old farm house last year, and we're renovating slowly, but surely. Earlier in last year, we we discovered old hardwood floors under layers of linoleum on the ...
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How to fix office chair worn hardwood floor

I currently have a hardwood floor that is worn down by an office chair and it needs to be fixed, optimally without having to do the whole floor with a floor sander. As you can see in this photo: the ...
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How can I protect my hardwood floors without sanding and refinishing?

At some point, I do plan to sand down my hardwood floors and refinish them in my 100 year old home. However, It's a 100 year old home. There is no subfloor, the hardwood is installed right on 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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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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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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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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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 best to remove fumes after applying polyurethane in a hardwood refinishing project?

I understand that oil based polyurethane used to refinish hardwood floors has a strong fumes and can stay for days. I also understand that opening the doors and letting air flow can help remove the ...
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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 help

Any advise on how to clean these floors after pulling up carpet would be great or is it time to just get a sander and refinish? Much thanks in advance. Charles
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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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 dark....
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Oscillating or Drum Floor Sander

I'm refinishing the floors in a 4 bedroom house, built circa 2003. The house is roughly 1800 sqft total. The 4 bedrooms have pine floors, while the living room and the hallway are some sort of ...
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Non-sanding solution to get old pen markings out of wood?

My wife and I have a toddler who is ready to graduate to a big boy bed, and her parent's handed us down a twin bed that they've had in storage for years (woo hoo). The problem with it is that someone ...
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Mineral spirits not drying out of hardwood floor before finishing

I just finished sanding and cleaning up the floors in my living room and dining room and the last step I did was to clean the whole floor with mineral spirits before applying the polyurethane. I ...
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Can I use paint stripper in my basement workshop?

I am looking to refinish a pool table that I purchased. Since it is winter and too cold to do it in my garage, I would like to do it in my basement workshop but I'm worried about the fumes. I have ...
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How to clean wood dust without permanently clogging a wet/dry vacuum's paper filter?

Can you ever use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (shop.vac, Kubota, Stanley, etc) to clean wood sanding dust? My one experiment so far resulted in complete clogging of the paper filter after cleaning the ...
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What is the best sander to use on oak stair treads?

I'm about to start a stair refinishing project. The stairs are 100 years old, red oak. My plan is to stain treads and paint risers.. Question - what is the best sander to use on the treads? Is an ...
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Can wood floors be refinished half a room at a time?

I have a small house. I'm doing it. or would like to do it. my funds are all tied up and I have no help. can't afford it either. can I just do 1/2 a room at a time?
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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 ...