Hey All, I am planning on refinishing my hardwood floors (95yo red oak floors). It's about 400 sq ft. I settle on the house 12/16, so I figured it would be a good time to refinish before it's furnished. I've been researching this topic for the last month, and I think I'm up for the challenge, but there are a few questions that have yet to be answered, and I was hoping I could get some feedback.
My grit sequence with a drum/edger will be 36-60-80 and will alternate b/t drum and edger. I plan on finishing with a 120-grit screen. I'm not planning on using a buffer, but the clarke square buff sander. It seems like it's effectively the same thing and easier to control than a buffer, BUT does anyone believe that will be an issue or should I just use a circular buffer?
Because of the age of the house, I kinda want to keep some of the character in the floor. So, I'm not planning on filling the entire floor, just the spots that REALLY need it. I have heard to use the sanding cuttings from the 60-grit and mix it with wood glue, but I have reservations on that. Is that a good idea, or should I just get the filler? I've heard woodwise is a good filler, but can anyone confirm that?
I'm planning on staining the floor a darker color (Bona DriFast Jacobean), so I want to water pop the floor. Is there a max time I should allow it to dry, or just until it feels dry to touch?
I'm planning on using Bona Jacobean stain for this, and just using rags to wipe on/wipe off. Bona's TDS sheet says that it should be on for at least 2-3 hours, but that seems way too short...Any opinions on that??
I am planning on using Bona waterbased finishes...I'm leaning towards Mega Clear HD, but is the extra money for Traffic HD worth it?
Any answers or opinions would be great! I plan on posing photos here since a lot of my information has come from searching previous posts here!