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Wide white pine floors - need touch up

I have wide white pine floors in a few rooms in my house. They were installed and finished with 2-3 coats of tong oil 9 years ago; needless to say - they need recoating. As an intermediate fix - I will do some touch up on the floors this winter to recover some scratched areas. Advice on the touch up process, as well as the full recoat process is most appreciated. I'll wait until approx. March or April for the recoating so that I can open windows and run fans.
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I have wide white pine floors in a few rooms in my house. They were installed and finished with 2-3 coats of tong oil 9 years ago; needless to say - they need re coating. As an intermediate fix - I will do some touch up on the floors this winter to recover some scratched areas. Advice on the touch up process, as well as the full recoat process is most appreciated. I'll wait until approx. March or April for the recoating so that I can open windows and run fans.
depending on the type of damages, you will most likely have to sand them out and freshly re coat as needed. On full re-coating, you will need to thoroughly clean the floors and then scotch brite, then apply a fresh coat or more depending on the overall condition, [9 yrs. is a long time between coats!]
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thx very much....any advice on a quick touch up would be great too!! some selected areas need a little attention. they are white pine from new england....with a light honey colored stain and tung oil finish. they have that pumpkin pine look. maybe just cleaning the affected areas and lightly brushing with tung oil will do the trick until i can do a more thorough re-coating??
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It is interesting that white pine was used on those floors. I have always understood that white pine was a soft wood. Do you have any problems with those boards?

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thx very much....any advice on a quick touch up would be great too!! some selected areas need a little attention. they are white pine from new england....with a light honey colored stain and tung oil finish. they have that pumpkin pine look. maybe just cleaning the affected areas and lightly brushing with tung oil will do the trick until i can do a more thorough re-coating??
You might have to do some cleaning and some light sanding. If you're sure the finish is pure Tung oil, then using pure Tung oil, or China Wood oil, tint with Tint's All, or Universal Tint, and thin about 25% with mineral spirits, to get the oil shaded as close as you can. Try on an inconspicuous area. Spread on wet, and let sit for 5-10 minutes, and wipe off.

Products that say "Tung Oil Finish" is not pure Tung oil, but likely a mix of boiled linseed oil, or soy oil, oil base varnish, and mineral spirits, and I would not use them.






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It is interesting that white pine was used on those floors. I have always understood that white pine was a soft wood. Do you have any problems with those boards?

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George - I chose the floors for the traditional colonial look. They are soft and absolutely the most comfortable and beautiful floors that I have ever had. Not so good for high traffic areas like kitchens but I would use them everywhere else given their beauty.
I also installed the floors and the wood is a joy to work with.
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You might have to do some cleaning and some light sanding. If you're sure the finish is pure Tung oil, then using pure Tung oil, or China Wood oil, tint with Tint's All, or Universal Tint, and thin about 25% with mineral spirits, to get the oil shaded as close as you can. Try on an inconspicuous area. Spread on wet, and let sit for 5-10 minutes, and wipe off.

Products that say "Tung Oil Finish" is not pure Tung oil, but likely a mix of boiled linseed oil, or soy oil, oil base varnish, and mineral spirits, and I would not use them.









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thanks for your reply - the finish is pure tung oil so I am ok to continue to use it. I try the thinning with mineral spirits as well on some test boards.
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There is good info on tung oil floor finishes on this site.
http://www.sutherlandwelles.com/proj...ations/floors/
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