Depending on the wear and tear your floor received, it may be ready for application of an additional coat of finish after 5 to 10 years of use. Re-coating hardwood floors is a simple, one day process that restores luster to the floor and reseals the surface. You are ready for a re-coat if the floors are dull and scuff marks are apparent in high traffic areas. Call us when you suspect the need for a re-coat. It will save lots of $dollars$ versus waiting until you are in need of a complete refinish.
There are many types of floors in use, and many varying finishes. Add all the possible after-market care products that may have been used to maintain the floor, and there is a recipe for having a contaminated sur-face that causes failure of a new coat of finish to adhere properly.
It is necessary to determine whether a floor can be re-coated before venturing into the process. The former industry standard “screen and re-coat” method is not dependable.
We first examine the overall condition of the floor and make the following determinations:
- Is the floor a good candidate for re-coating, or is it necessary to complete sand and finish?
- What type of finish was likely used on the floor?
- What type of maintenance has the floor been given?
- Are there waxes, oils or polymers that may prevent good adhesion of a new finish coat?
These determinations should be made by someone sufficiently experienced to make tests and judge-ments leading to a successful outcome. A poorly executed re-coat usually involves a complete sand-ing and refinishing to overcome peeling, blistering, bubbling, or other types of finish failure.
We use the “Tycote” Dustless Refinishing System, and the Bona Re-coat system, involving special-ized cleaning machinery, detergents, application of bonding agents, and a new coat of durable water-borne finish in cases where it is determined that will provide a good result.
We also use dissolving agents when we detect the presence of acrylic after-market maintenance products, and may re-seal the floor using a universal alcohol-based wood floor sealer, followed by a new coat of finish.
In either case, we are following industry-adopted protocols for evaluating, testing and treating the floor prior to re-coating, since we do not want a finish failure.
Re-coating is an excellent way to extend the life of your floor. A properly maintained floor should eas-ily provide 20 or more years of service without the need to completely refinish, given the wear quality of finishes available today.
A re-coat will not remove scratches and dents, but it will help minimize their appearance.
A re-coat will not remove sun damage or fading.
A re-coat will not change the color of the floor.
A re-coat will provide a clean, new surface with a uniform sheen, and extends the life of your finish for another 5 or more years in most cases.