Wood floor recoating has a very simple concept behind it. Wood floor recoating simply involves the process of application of new layers of wood floor finishes on the surface of the floor. Wood floor recoating is often confused to be the same thing as refinishing, however, wood floor recoating does not involve the part of removing the layer of the old finish. You can guess that wood floor recoating is a treatment available not for all wood floors. Wood floor recoating is recommended only for floors finished with a specific group of woo floor finishes. Therefore, wood floor recoating is usually performed for floors that have been finished with oil or wax finishes. In some cases, wood floor recoating can be performed also for floors finished with varnish or lacquer. However, in such cases you must be sure that the surface of the floor is absolutely even and sleek and no sanding is required before wood floor recoating, otherwise it turns into a refinishing project. Wood floor recoating is a significantly easier, stress-free, more time-saving, and more affordable alternative to refinishing.
What Is Wood Floor Recoating?
As already explained above, wood floor recoating revolves around the concept of application of new layers of the existing finish of the floor without sanding. Wood floor recoating is recommended for floors in good condition, floors with a smooth and even surface without imperfections. The goal of wood floor recoating is bringing back the beautiful and fresh look of the floor, not getting rid of imperfections, scratches, and stains as it is with refinishing. In addition, wood floor recoating is often used for re-texturing or changing the colour of wood floors that are well-maintained or recently refinished. If changing the colour, texture, and appearance is not your goal and you simply want to refresh the existing look of the floor, wood floor recoating is a great way to improve the protective power of the finish and make it more durable, ensure good protection in more high traffic areas or spots where the finish wears off quickly.
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Why Wood Floor Recoating?
There are a number of reasons to consider wood floor recoating. General wear and tear is something normal your floor will experience over time. Usually, wear and everyday use lead to some fine and small imperfections on the surface, mainly affecting the finish, such as fine scratches, small marks, worn patches of the finish that make the floor not that attractive as in the beginning and also weaken the protective power of the finish that can cause some major issues with the floor later on. Wood floor recoating is a great opportunity to have the floor look like brand-new and improve the protective power of the finish without investing your time, energy, and money in more elaborate refinishing and renovation services. Wood floor recoating is also a great option if any spot repair has been done on the floor. Sometimes, home improvement and upgrade projects in the room may result is a more worn look for the floor. In such cases, wood floor recoating is, once again, a great opportunity to make the floor as attractive and beautiful as when it was initially installed.
Wood Floor Recoating vs Refinishing
The main reason why wood floor recoating is more loved by homeowners compared to refinishing is how easier and significantly more effortless wood floor recoating is. When it comes to wood floor recoating, you don’t have to deal with sanding prior to wood floor recoating. Sanding is always the part of the refinishing service that scares people the most because of the mess and stress sanding usually is. In addition, wood floor recoating is significantly more affordable than refinishing the floor. Wood floor recoating can restore the look and beauty of the floor for the fraction of the price of a refinishing service. Wood floor recoating also extends the life of the floor. While refinishing also improves the condition and makes sure the floor is durable and long-lasting, sanding usually takes out from the thickness of the floor. Wood floor recoating generally reduces the number of times when sanding is required and needed. Proper care and regular cleaning, along with wood floor recoating, help you avoid the sanding service for longer.
Before Wood Floor Recoating
Before the wood floor recoating project is initiated, you should be aware of the type of the existing finish of the floor. Otherwise, you cannot continue with wood floor recoating, because it is essential to use the same kind of finish for wood floor recoating. In case you are not sure what the type of the finish is, you can always consult with the wood floor recoating experts and have them inspect your floor. Once you are sure about the type of finish, you can continue preparing the floor for wood floor recoating. The preparation process before wood floor recoating mainly involves around lightly buffing the floor’s surface, if required. However, if the surface has been recently re-sanded, or it is in good condition, smooth, even, and uniform, you are good to go and continue with wood floor recoating. Next, before you continue with wood floor recoating, make sure the floor is thoroughly cleaned. Make sure you always use the attachment of the vacuum machine that is designed for hardwood floors to avoid leaving scratches and marks. Next, you can continue by applying mineral spirits to strip off the old finish. Finally, you are good to go and continue with recoating the finish.
Did you know…
Different types of finishes require different methods of recoating or refinishing the floor. For example, wax finishes cannot be maintained with just light buffing/screening or recoating. When it comes to a wax finish, these have to be chemically stripped, which usually involves the application of ammonia or paint thinner. Yes, this is as complex as it sounds, therefore you should always rely on professional help and not DIY such projects. Additionally, aluminium oxide finishes may be impossible to recoat, as this type of finishes have to be chemically etched. Some types of finishes may require a more heavy-duty sanding before application of new coats of finish. Recoating the floor may also become impossible if the floor has been previously cleaned with silicon or oil cleaners.