I have resurfaced my 2nd oak floor and removed all dust but a sample stays far too dark compared to the 1st oak floor.
It seems nothing will retain the pastel white oak shade on the 2nd floor as much as the 1st floor using a gloss water-based Varathane finish.
What I noticed after ripping out carpets and removing some damaged 1x5” parquet oak sections on the 1sr floor was the replacement was solid oak while the 1st floor was veneer over hardwood, same dimensions.
- The 2nd floor was like a teak colour gloss under carpet before stripping while the 1st was a typical yellow on white oak done at least 10 yrs ago.
- Half of the 1st floor had to be redone completely because of a difference in clear colour shade. (Each level is done in 2 sections to allow furniture move)
- 1st attempt used hybrid oil-water based clear gloss with a 6mm roller 3 coats with sanding
- It was a noticeably darker tan than the 2nd section which was push broom applied nano Varathane clear gloss (with Si O2)
- So the 1st section was re-drum-sanded and redone to match the 2nd section on 1st floor but after replace a few damaged Parquet pieces of 1x5” oak, I noticed the replacement pc. was solid oak but after I glued and coated it matched pretty well.
- The 2nd floor is also parquet but solid and obvious a different solid oak vs. as it turned dark
- The process used now is drum sand with grits : 29, 60 , 120 then random orbital sand 120 grit extra smooth, then vacuum and moist mop cleaned.
So my dilemma is what must be done to keep the clear coat gloss look more like the dry oak ( just slightly more) and match down stairs floor.
The main floor completed
The 2nd floor below was initially a darker orange than 1st floor (yellow) before drum sanding but after sanding is the same shade.
I suspected later it was due to solid vs veneer oak on 1st.
It’s difficult to show accurate colour with different lighting but assume the differences are greater than what it may appear.( Above)