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Question DetailsAsked on 5/25/2011

How much should they shine oak parquet floor with semi-gloss poly?

I just had my oak parquet and plank flooring refinished in my new condo. The floors are really old and hadn't been redone in at least 20 years. They sanded them all down, replaced bad boards, and put 2 coats of semi-gloss poly. They look really dull. It's almost as if the floor soaked up all of the poly and there's no shine to it. I've done furniture before with semi-gloss and they were more glossy. Also, how smooth should the floors be? They seem rougher than I would have expected. Should I have the refinisher put another coat of poly down after another sanding? Or is there something I can do to buff/shine the floors myself?

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semi gloss is just that! it would have a (mostly) matt finish; you need to use a gloss finish if you want it to really shine, but from my past experience you might find high gloss dulls in high traffic areas and it also shows scuff marks more easily. There are also resin based materials that are more durable and high gloss, they tend to be smelly, take time to dry and they need a dust free environment. It could also be that you are right and that you have not given the wood enough, if it was very dry to start. Get hold of the same poly you used and test out a small corner with another coat. if that does not work try a coat of high gloss over the same test patch.

Answered 9 years ago by whirlpool

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