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 Post subject: Would like to eliminate borders in old heart pine flooring
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:24 am 
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I am remodeling an old home in PA. I have removed several layers of flooring and found nice old heart pine flooring.
I have sanded starting from 36 ending in 120. Unfortunately faint borders still exist where originally they had possibly shellacked or sealed in the borders of the rooms eventually leaving the central section slightly darker.
I would like to finish it in the natural but I don't think that would look good with the edges of the borders showing.
I really don't want to sand to much further as there is no sub floor but I can to some degree if need be.
So not sure if there is a chemical application that could work or otherwise what stain would be best for use on this pine floor?.
Would really be a shame to cover this beautiful wood with a dark stain.
I will post pics in the pic section entitled "BORDERS ON PINE"
Any suggestions opinions will be appreciated.
thanks
Ken


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 Post subject: Re: Would like to eliminate borders in old heart pine flooring
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:30 pm 
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https://www.dropbox.com/preview/2017092 ... e=personal

https://www.dropbox.com/preview/2017092 ... e=personal



The link above is to the image of the floor with the borders.
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 Post subject: Re: Would like to eliminate borders in old heart pine flooring
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:06 pm 
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The idea that natural colored floors is the color to go with will change how the architecture will look much different than what you started with. We have used a thinned down stain to help ,arch the field which was never sealed and has oxidized. This is a real challenge when refinishing stair steps where the carpet runner was covering the center of each tread. The modern clear finishes don't amber or oxidize to a darker color like the old varnishes did over time so the floor will not anchor the architecture like the old brown varnishes do.


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