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Hartco oak parquet.

Posted by k.d. on April 21st, 2002 12:04 AM
In reply to It has been my experience..... by Dodgeman on April 17th, 2002 12:21 PM [Go to top of thread]

I also have Hartco oak parquet installed in my
entry hall. The parquet tiles I have are 12x12
in 'Frost White',a whitewash color which still
looks good where it wasn't exposed to light.
The oak is solid 5/16th" thick. This whitewash
color has been discontinued. The flooring dealers
tell me that no one wants to refinish wood flooring in
white wash stain anymore...too much trouble.
The Frost White that Hartco used was beautiful..
a very thin coat of whitewash and a hard polyurethane
finish. I discovered that the actual wood wasn't
darkened, only the urethane finish had
yellowed. I applied some Citrus strip to a scrap
of the tiles. Underneath the finish, the wood was
still a nice new looking light oak color.

I would like to put in more parquet tiles in the
adjoining hallway in the 'natural' oak color that
Hartco carries now.
I've heard of a process called "screening" which
removes only the top finish layer from the wood
and very little of the actual wood layer. I
thought I might get the thin layer of polyurethane
off the wood, both the old and new parquet.
I would then apply a thin coat of whitewash stain,
or pickled oak stain, to both old and new parquet
tiles. Then apply a final coat of waterbase
If I can't find anyone to whitewash and finish the floor
I may try it myself. I'd use a professional to
screen or lightly sand the floor first.

Does anyone have ideas of info on screening of
wood floors? The brochures of wood flooring
companies recommend this process to renew the
finish on lightly worn wood floors.
Thanks much!

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