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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:33 am 

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Location: Fort wayne, IN
I am looking to sand an old 1/4" solid cork floor. Has anyone ever stained a cork floor? Looking for some input and comments. How will it look? How much stain will it absorb? Thanks. P Jones, Fort Wayne, IN


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:58 pm 

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drwood
I thought I had earlier posted but I guess It didn't go through.
As I noted You should do all you can to discover the care and treatment the floor has been through it's time since being installed. Knowing what chemicals that it has absorbed is very important.
Use a 12" x 18" orbital 120 g to open it up.
Depending on the history you will need to wash the opened floor with the necessary chemical to prepare the floor for stain.
Water stain soak as needed.
Allow to thouroughly dry.
Afterwards buff with 220g
Thoroughly clean.
Seal out with oilmodified so as to not disturb the pigments of the stain.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:40 pm 

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We use 80 grit to start with on the thin cork floors with the BM. Flattens it off and gets rid of the contaminates. Then 100 grit and 100 buff for a natural stain. Then Glitsa for a finish. It's for "oak, cork and softwood floors".
Pete


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:31 am 

Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:09 pm
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Location: Washington DC Suburbs
Hey drwood,

I haven't stained a cork floor, but I've done some playing with staining cork in the shop (thought we had a cork stain job coming up a one point). I used cork underlayment to experiment. I'm sure that the underlayment is much less dense than the actual flooring, but I noticed that the stain took very unevenly. I would be nervous & very careful about application method w/ Med to Dark stain color.

Best of luck - let us know how it turns out - I'm curious.

- S


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:13 pm 

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Location: Fort wayne, IN
Thanks for the input.......I will not be staining it, but I will let you know how it turns out.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:21 pm 

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Location: www.accenthardwoodflooring.com
The one I did in my house, we sanded, screened, put 2 coats of duraseal 210 (on 2 different days) and finished with Traffic. 1/4" cork tile in 12"squares.


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