Are you considering refinishing your hardwood floors but don’t want to make the full investment? Or perhaps your current hardwood floors are in pretty good condition and you are looking to refresh them a bit without doing a complete re-sand? If these seem like thoughts that have been floating around in your head you may want to consider a buff and re-coat rather than a complete re-finish.
A complete re-finish is when your floors finish is sanded completely off through a multi-step sanding process and then new color/finish applied using a myriad of different options that are described in some other blog posts here or places like Loba-Wakol.com. A buff and re-coat is just as it sounds but with a lot of cleaning involved as well. It’s a much less invasive process and in many cases can be completed in just one day.
The buff and re-coat process begins with a thorough vacuuming of your entire wood floor. Then its followed with a buffing machine scrubbing using a product from Loba called Remover. It’s diluted with water and buffed into the floor and it’s purpose is to remove any existing contaminants that might be on the surface of your current floor finish. The liquid slurry created from this process is then cleaned using a wet vac or mop. Next the floor is cleaned throughly not once but twice using a micro-fiber cloth and Loba Hardwood Floor Cleaning Concentrate.
After the buffing and cleaning is complete and the environment has been sterilized it is time to begin the finish application process. First a very thin layer of Loba 2k Contact is applied using a trim pad and allowed to dry for approximately 2-4 hours. This product prepares the existing floor finish to accept the new coat of finish that will be applied next. It acts as a bonding agent to bridge the gap from finish to finish. Finally the last and arguably most important step is ready. Application of Loba 2k Supra waterborne floor finish. This is the only product recommended by Loba to be used for a re-coat of this nature. 2k Supra is available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss. It’s applied very wet and with careful attention to potential lap marks by the installer. Only one coat is applied and the job is finished. The floor will be ready for light foot traffic the following day, normal foot traffic after three days, and will be fully cured and ready to move furniture and rugs on in approximately 7 days depending upon climate conditions.
So if you’re considering different options for your hardwood floor restoration this is just another one to consider that you might not have even known existed. It won’t fix any deep scratches or completely worn out spots in the finish of your floor but it will certainly breath some new life into them and save you some money in the process. I hope this helps someone out there and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read. If you have any questions or would like to add anything to the discussion please comment below or click on the contact tab at the top of the page to write me an email and request your consultation today. Thanks for reading.