Stain/Custom Color: Page 2
Step by Step: How to Apply Stain to Wood Floors
August 7, 2015
Turning American Cherry Gray
How Avi Hadad managed to stain American cherry stair treads so they looked gray.
June 29, 2015
Contractor Tattoos His Love For Wood Flooring On His Back
The best contractors will say they love what they do, but do they have a tattoo to prove it? Manny Navarro does. In fact, he has two, one inked on each shoulder blade, that depict cartoon characters Speedy Gonzales and Baba Looey nailing and sanding a section of hardwood flooring planks. They're about 8 inches tall and took the tattoo artist five hours to outline, color and shade. "They say at the back there's a lot of nerves and a lot of people can't handle it," Navarro says, recounting a conversation with the tattoo artist. "He said, 'Manny, you want to do it in sessions?' And I said, 'Nah man, I want to get it done now.'"
May 28, 2014
Famous Floors: Country Music Hall of Fame's End Grain
it made historical sense for Nashville's Tuck Hinton Architects to incorporate end-grain wood block inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
March 25, 2014
Wood Basketball Court Survives Three-Month Outdoor Tournament
September 25, 2013
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Q&As: Defect Allowance, Nailing Strandwoven & Staining Maple
I have a customer complaining about defects in her floor I just installed. I told her I'm allowed up to 5 percent defects, but she isn't buying it. Who's right?
March 19, 2013
This Wood Floor Man Discovers the Meaning of 'Experience'
I recently embarked on a flooring project in which everything that could go wrong seemed to. The outcome could have been quite disastrous, though luckily it was not … thanks to help from connections made through the NWFA. But first, a little history about me.
November 28, 2012
Bending the Finish Rules May Work ... or Not
We hardwood floor guys are a little bit of a different breed. We're not afraid to try something different to get the job done and make the homeowner happy. Sometimes you gotta bend the rules to pull off a job. When you bend the rules, it may work, but when it doesn't go as planned, the bite really stings. Here is one of my latest—and most costly pains in the rear—hardwood floor lessons learned. I had a white oak floor that received water damage, so the kitchen had to be torn out and replaced. The original floor was stained a taupe color with a Swedish finish (conversion varnish). So I bid the job with three finish options with the taupe stain: a conversion varnish, a single-component waterborne finish or a two-component waterborne finish. The homeowner chose the single-component waterborne finish, and we struck a deal. I have had great success with that single-component finish and white oak, so I wasn't worried about the dreaded tannin pull. I also in the past stained a maple floor with that taupe stain and coated it with that single-component finish—which is from a different manufacturer than the stain—and it came out looking great, so I wasn't concerned about the compatibility. Taupe is a tricky stain to start with, but I proceeded without a second thought. I sanded the floor, water-popped it, let it dry and stained it. Now, here is where I began to lose it. Heavily pigmented stains require longer dry times (wish they would put that part in bigger letters) but I, like most guys, was in a time crunch. So, with the confidence of having had success with these products before, I gave the stain about a 36-hour dry time (longer than I usually do, but my rep from that company keeps warning me about following recommended dry times). I put the sealer down and headed to work on another job while I waited for it to dry. I came back to find the dreaded tannin pull marks all over. While attending NWFA schools and events at my distributors, I get to meet and talk with the different finish reps. So at this point I got on the phone with them to try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. My rep from the stain company informed me that white oak, pastel stains and waterborne finish are not a successful combination. Next I talked with the finish company rep, who told me I didn't let the stain dry adequately, and that is why I had a finish reaction. The homeowner really wanted that waterborne finish, and so I figured that it was just my fault and that I didn't give the stain enough time to dry. So, I resanded the floor and stained it, only this time I cranked the heat up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (yes, in June in Washington State you still have to turn the heat on) and let it dry for a full 72 hours. And, going against my gut instincts, I coated the floor again with the waterborne finish ... and ended up with the same exact failure. So, now I was sunk. I gave the homeowner his money back, covered his hotel and gave him the option of staining and going with the Swedish finish (from the same manufacturer as the stain) or going with the natural and waterborne finish. He chose the natural, and the floor looks great. Lesson learned: white oak, pastel stain, and waterborne finish is a bad combination. No product failed on its own, but all three in combination gave me a recipe for disaster. Next time I try something out of the ordinary, I think I'll find a couple of people who have had good success with using the same combination I want to use. This is yet another reason why networking and shooting the breeze with others in the trade is a good idea-it helps you by finding out what not to do and what can work in a pinch. I highly recommend attending NWFA and finish manufacturer schools, as well as the NWFA Expo. This is a great way to network with others in the trade, and you don't have to worry about competition, because there are guys from all over the country. Another good way to meet the reps is to attend distributor events-sure it takes time, but it could save you money in the long run if you know who to call when you have questions. Online forums have wealth of information; the forum at woodfloorbusiness.com is a great one, and floormasters.com is another favorite. Also, learn to trust your finish reps. Most of the ones I have met have my best interests in mind, because if I succeed, they succeed. If they advise against it, it's a good idea to heed that advice.
March 26, 2012
An Inconsistent Stain at Wall Lines
I received a call from an installer who was having problems with inconsistent, splotchy stain on a new 700-square-foot sand-and-finish red oak floor with dark stain in a living room and dining area. Around the perimeter he was getting a few areas of inconsistent shade with the dark stain. He had not yet applied finish to the floor because he knew it would just highlight the inconsistency. He had some time to do any corrective work if he needed, as the homeowners were not moving in for another month.
February 23, 2011
Q&As: Powderpost Beetles, Wood Floor Dents & Wood Conditioner
Wood flooring questions about powderpost beetles, dents and wood conditioner are answered.
December 21, 2010
Q&As: Staining Exotics, Moisture in Old Slabs & Slippery Wood Floors
Can I stain exotic floors?
August 5, 2010
Step by Step: How to Buff Stain on Wood Floors
Detailed instructions on how to use a buffer to apply stain to a wood floor instead of applying it on your hands and knees.
March 31, 2007
Improper Sanding Leads to a Bad Wood Floor Stain
September 30, 2006
Get a Handle on Wood Floor Staining Strategies
Detailed information on how to apply stain to wood flooring, including techniques such as popping the grain, creating white and black floors, and more.
November 30, 2005
Step by Step: How to Apply Stain to Wood Floors
Step-by-step directions on how to correctly apply stain to wood flooring.
March 31, 2005
Avoid Pitfalls with Exotic Species
An essential resource when working with different wood flooring species is the NWFA's Technical Manual A200: Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring. Updated in 2004, the publication now includes descriptions and photos (showing both waterborne and oil-modified finish) of 33 domestic and exotic species, as well as suggestions for installation, sanding and finishing of each species. One copy is included with NWFA membership. To order more copies, call 800/422-4556 (U.S.), 800/8488824 (Canada), 636/519-9663 (local and international), e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.nwfa.org.
November 30, 2004
Poor Applicator Technique Leaves Streaks on Wood Floor
January 31, 2004
Step by Step: How to Make Custom Wood Floor Designs with Stain
Step-by-step instructions on how to use stain to create custom patterns in wood flooring.
November 30, 2003
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Tools + Equipment
Saws 101: What You Should Have as a Wood Floor Pro
Wood floor pro Kyle Neuroh explains which saws wood flooring pros really need, what to know when buying, and how to square up miter and table saws.
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Why I Love Running a Single-Person Wood Flooring Business
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