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 Post subject: Spot Repairs on Bamboo
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:43 pm 
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We have finished in place bamboo flooring that really needs refinishing. Thanks to covid the original installers seem to be AWOL. The flooring was finished with a locally made urethane product, Diamond Lac, a Seattle company that is now gone.

We have wear-through in several spots that I would like to touch up until we can find/contact the previous installers. Can I sand down a bit in the areas that are abraded and touch up with another product to prevent staining and water intrusion into these areas? (In front of a fridge, under a garbage can). I have orbital, belt sanders, etc Any advice appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Spot Repairs on Bamboo
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:19 pm 
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If you clean and sand to a fresh surface you can seal with Glitsa Sealer.
It is sold by the Rudd Company in Seattle. It is a conversion varnish that you add hardener to help it cure. A small area will not take a whole quart, so add the hardener proportionately to what you mix together. A chip brush which is inexpensive can be used one and tossed, but if you wrap it up in a plastic bag, and then in another so no smell escapes, you can pit it in the freezer and use it again without cleaning in lacquer thinner. Two coats with 150 grit sanding after the first coat is dry will give you a smooth surface, easy to clean. You can add more coats as you like. It will be glossy. If you want less shine, rub with 2/0 steel wool. You may need to get the finish from a flooring supplier. There is a finish for a final coat that you can choose from semi-gloos to matte. It is Glitsa Gold Seal.
I have been using this type of finish for 40 years and think it is the best!


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 Post subject: Re: Spot Repairs on Bamboo
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:26 pm 
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Pete A. wrote:
If you clean and sand to a fresh surface you can seal with Glitsa Sealer.
It is sold by the Rudd Company in Seattle. It is a conversion varnish that you add hardener to help it cure. A small area will not take a whole quart, so add the hardener proportionately to what you mix together. A chip brush which is inexpensive can be used one and tossed, but if you wrap it up in a plastic bag, and then in another so no smell escapes, you can pit it in the freezer and use it again without cleaning in lacquer thinner. Two coats with 150 grit sanding after the first coat is dry will give you a smooth surface, easy to clean. You can add more coats as you like. It will be glossy. If you want less shine, rub with 2/0 steel wool. You may need to get the finish from a flooring supplier. There is a finish for a final coat that you can choose from semi-gloos to matte. It is Glitsa Gold Seal.
I have been using this type of finish for 40 years and think it is the best!



Thank you for the reply. I looks like the product data says it may bring out grain of wood. Any bamboo experience? And since this is catalyzed product, any issues putting down next to the water based finish? And what sandpaper grit to use on old area that needs touch up. Any help appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Spot Repairs on Bamboo
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:18 pm 
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The sealer may not bother the water-based finish if it is the two part variety. This costs more and is resistant to more chemicals. If you try an area in a corner and it doesn't lift the existing finish you will be good to go.
To really clean the floor you need to start with 60 grit, but to protect it from more wear and stains use 120 grit. Apply two coats, the second as soon as the first one dries and you can hand sand and get some powdering to know its really dry.


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