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So last month I purchased an apartment in Greenwich Village which had 100 year old maple hardwood floors in all rooms except the bathrooms and the master dressing room. The floors were in okay condition. I had a floor contractor install hardwoods in the dressing room and refinish all the floors from a natural color to ebony (basically almost black) with a semi-gloss finish (3 coats).
When complete there were sanding marks visible all over the floor, including the newly installed floor in the master dressing room. The contractor thinks they didn't use the right sander. Anyway, he agreed to redo them. After sanding and staining them a second time and applying the poly finish coat, the sanding marks are less visible (although still there) and now the floors have a milky white haze covering probably 80% of the floor (some spots seem fine).
Has anyone ever heard of this happening and what might cause it? And any cures? The contractor said that he could skim the top coat of poly off and apply another coat to hopefully solve the issue, but I'm now moved in and it'll be a huge pain to move my furniture room by room as he does this technique and I'm not sure that it'll even work.
This is a guess but it is possible that after they sanded they did not clean the floors correctly trapping the dust in the poly. Thats what you might be seeing.
Unfortunately it does seem the only way to fix the problem is screen the poly off and do it again but this time correctly
I dunno, maybe you can do something by going over them with a super-fine grade of steel wool? The usual precaution: try it in an inconspicuous area first.
I keep thinking this should be a punchline to a juvenile joke. I had thought of a few but too early for those.
funny. things are a bit tense here just now, but i'm assuming you wouldn't be so crass as to tie your crass joke to any individual. i find rude humor is often a plus, as long as it is clever.
howardde, it looks to me like a layer, any layer, of whatever you were putting on it did not dry all the way through. Polyurethane gets this way when there's some moisture involved. Take the poly off and re-apply. Make sure everything is completely extra extra dry.
Ottawanyc, if this juvenile joke has a punchline, it's the sequel to the recent thread "Stick it out longterm or walk?"