Beginner having trouble with poly on hardwood floor
Recently I had my hardwood floors done by a floor guy. He did a light buff and fresh coat of poly, and I noticed after the poly dried there was some puddling in a spot in the hall way along with some dry areas where the wood absorbed more of the poly than the rest of the floor. I decided to try and fix these issues myself. Unfortunately because I am new at this I feel I made things worse than they were and I am hoping to get some advice here.
My initial plan was simple enough. I planned on just brushing over the dry spots with a coat of poly. For the area that had puddling, I took 100-grit sand paper and lightly sanded down the puddles, then re-coat. Unfortunately this is easier said than done, and I am having some issues.
My first coat I used a foam brush and my technique was terrible. Rather than having smooth continuous strokes, I treated it like a paint brush and did back and forth motions. Now I have horrible brush strokes dried into the coat of poly that is terribly noticeable. To fix this, I tried doing a second coat of poly thinking it would cover it up, but it did not cover it at all, just created a layer of poly on top of it. Although my technique was much better for the second coat, I noticed a lot of bubbling in the poly this time. I am not sure if this is because I used a foam brush, or if my technique is still off. I did gently stir the poly before use, so not sure what happened here. I would really like to have these bubbles out because they do not look nice at all.
Also as for the original puddle marks, I tried sanding them down until it felt level, but after doing the two coats of poly you can still see an outline of the edge of the puddle in the floor. I am not sure if I should just re-sand it down even more until it is absolutely invisible to the eye, and then re-coat?
And last, when you look at the floor, it is very noticeable where my brush strokes have ended due to a distinct line indicating where the brush was lifted from the floor (despite me trying to use a finishing technique in lifting the brush gradually at the end of my stroke). Similar lines are visible where I taped off the floor to keep me within the borders of the space I was trying to fix on the floor.
A simple job has turned into a bit of an annoyance and I am hoping some of you on here can provide me some guidance so I do not have to keep wasting my time making mistakes. I am thinking about having the entire area in my hallway completely sanded and redone, because these are adding up to too many individual imperfections to treat individually. I'm new to this, so any advice is valued and appreciated. Thank you!
Last edited by nodeal; 10-15-2017 at 01:07 PM.