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    Hi guys,

    I've got an old parquetry floor in the kitchen/family room. When we bought the house it had been given a shockingly bad re-coat with some kind of clear varnish, and also abused with dents, chips and scratches. Otherwise the wood seems to be good - about the colour of honey - roughly 30m2.

    I'm considering to get in a floor polishing guy to do the job. Also I would much prefer to use a water-based coating (the solvent-based polyurethanes just outgas fumes for much too long).

    Any tips would be much appreciated - eg brand of coating, some idea of costs. Presumably it would need sanding back to the wood(?) What to do about dents, chips and scratches? Is polishing parquet any different from polishing boards? Are there any pitfalls that I should be aware of?

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    Dave

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    Never done it but assume its similar to straight floorboards.
    Would need to be sanded back to the wood. Do you know if its solid wood or laminated? If the latter, would need to be careful how much of the laminated wood you sand back as you may only have 5 mm to play with but if solid wood, then could be 12 to 15mm and obviously want a smooth sand that doesnt show you've spent too long in one spot

    Sealers - many to choose from and probably personal preference ranging from:
    - poly's (oil & water based) to wax's - pro's and cons for each
    - gloss, semi gloss, Saturn - pros and cons for each. eg: if there are still a lot of defects after the sand, a gloss finish is likely to make these more visible as opposed to a saturn finish.

    Here is some intro reading material

    https://www.pfc.com.au/services/sanding-polishing/
    https://kustomtimber.com.au/blog/flo...for-beginners/

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    Thanks for info Bart. I dunno if they're laminated or solid.

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    vintage parquet is solid and the ones I have seen are 8mm - 10mm thick
    these are around 1960s - fingers around 115mm/135mm x 20mm/22mm
    usually lain in a mosaic pattern, or herringbone
    anyway, that means a fair bit of the sanding is across the grain so someone with experience and good equipment is the go I think.

    sealer? water based satin finish is my preferred.
    last one I used, ages ago was German, think it was called Trafic or something like that.
    used in the whole house including kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toooldforthis View Post
    vintage parquet is solid and the ones I have seen are 8mm - 10mm thick
    these are around 1960s - fingers around 115mm/135mm x 20mm/22mm
    usually lain in a mosaic pattern, or herringbone
    anyway, that means a fair bit of the sanding is across the grain so someone with experience and good equipment is the go I think.

    sealer? water based satin finish is my preferred.
    last one I used, ages ago was German, think it was called Trafic or something like that.
    used in the whole house including kitchen.
    Would that be Bona Traffic ?? Its Swedish.
    https://bona.com.au/products/finishes/traffic

    I would second the recommendation, one coat Prime Intense, two coats Traffic
    https://bona.com.au/products/finishes/prime-intense

    Also get some of their refresher for some touch ups.
    https://bona.com.au/products/floor-c...mber-refresher

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    Thanks guys. I'll check it out.

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