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How to Finish Your Awesome Timber Floors

Before and After Sanding and Polishing

So your awesome timber floors are not looking awesome anymore? This is because the finish is drying too quickly. If the finish is worked too vigorously by brushing or rolling too much stimulates faster drying; it can form excess bubbles and an orange-peel-like surface. Your timber floors are a vital part of your home and contribute significantly to the overall aesthetic of your space. Who has the time for constant timber floor repair? Keep reading to learn more about the correct way to finish your floor.

The Impact of Rapid Drying

One of the most common issues that arise during timber floor sanding and polishing is the rapid drying of the finish. Excess bubbles can form if the finish is worked too much, or vigorous brushing or rolling can cause the finish to dry too quickly. When the coat is rolled too thinly, it will dry faster, leading to an uneven and less attractive finish.

Maintaining an Even Coat

To avoid these problems, applying an even coat of finish is essential so the surface is not overworked by brushing or rolling too much. An even coat will allow the finish to dry evenly and smoothly, preserving the beauty of your timber floors.

The Importance of Temperature in Timber Floor Sanding and Polishing

Temperature is also crucial in ensuring the finish dries evenly and smoothly. If the ambient or surface temperature exceeds 27°C, the finish will likely dry too quickly, which can cause the surface to look "imperfect." In these cases, it's important to maintain a "wet edge" and slow down the drying process by adding Flowmate Wet Edge Extender.

Alternatively, if the temperature is below 13°C, the finish will likely become too thick too quickly, causing similar surface "imperfections." To prevent this, it's crucial to maintain an even and consistent flow of the finish, which can be alleviated by adding Flowmate Wet Edge Extender.

Take Extra Care for Reduced Sheen Finishes

Applying reduced sheen finishes, such as Monothane Semi-Gloss, Monothane Satin, or Monothane Matt, requires extra care, as these finishes contain matting agents that rise to the surface as the finish dries. To prevent drafts from interfering with the finish, it's important to keep the area around the project free of air currents and maintain a constant temperature across the entire surface. This ensures even drying.

Meticulous time management and awareness are essential to maintaining your floors' beauty and shine. By following these steps closely, you can ensure your timber floors remain a conversation starter. If you need help with your timber flooring in the Gold Coast, feel free to reach out! We're here to provide expert advice and support to help you achieve the beautiful and long-lasting finish you need now and for years to come. Contact us today, and let us help bring back the beauty of your timber floors!

Before and After Sanding and Polishing

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