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 Post subject: Old Parquet Floors
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:23 pm 
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We bought a house that has old oak parquet floors in one room. In the room adjacent we just put down new red oak hardwood. I am planning on using Streetshoe NXT on my new floors but I am not sure what to do with the old ones. They need some love and I would really like to just use water based finish on them so we can get into our new house sooner. Can I use water over a possible old oil based finish?????


 Post subject: Re: Old Parquet Floors
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Basic Coatings has a system that will promote adhesion between old coats of finish if there is no wax on the floor, which would be another maintenance system. Waxing involves lots of work on a schedule, so unless the previous owner had lots of energy or could hire a floor company, you would not have wax on the floor. You could test in an area where traffic would not have polished all the wax off of the floor with paint thinner and a white rag. Dirt will mix with wax, so rubbing the floor with a t-shirt dipped in paint thinner will look dirty. You may want to clean the floor first with hardwood floor and laminate cleaner or Squeaky Clean that Basic makes to take off the water cleanable dirt before you try to test for wax.
I have cleaned,scuffed and used Tykote from Basic to help insure adhesion and have had good success. Plan to use a satin finish and apply two coats, to make all the work you have done worthwhile, assuming that the first coat is not peeling off after it has dried when you give it an adhesion test with tape. If you like the color, this will save a lot of work and still look like a nice old floor. You can see the color you will get when you clean the floor with water and the floor is wet, since Streetshoe does not amber like an oil based finish no matte4r how many coats of finish are applied. Good luck!

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