Not yet Dead On Arrival -- but close -- preoccupied with being a Muckie Muck at my real job - this too will pass
I have spent too much time on the floor - thought about pics to post but with two rooms now in finish - I am struggling with the third
I am not a wood guy - so I applied the stain too heavy on this one - attempting to get a more even finish
between the sand scratches the popped and being too dark red - I am resanding with a 6 inch DA and 80 grit
I am going to practice your damp towel advice when I get this botched up job off - I think Ill try to re-sand with something finer to remove the 80 DA marks
This is the kind of job that you get three bids -- the first two guys didn't l;eave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling - the third apparently wanted me to buy him a new van for cash. The floors were carpeted a long time ago - the house was family owned for many years - two owners had it for a very short time before me - one removed the carpet - story has it because it was a rooming house for a summer. But when the carpet was removed the floor must have been sanded with 2 grit paper on a drum and a disk - The gouges reminisce of the grand canyon. One floor guy said he figured to get it level he would expose the tong and groove - so ..... I am removing the corruption with a buffer - an 8 inch electronic rpm limited at 700 rpm and 36 grit paper - then coming back with 80 on the buffer and ( I was ) burnishing that with the 6 inch da and 80 = the music room apparently still sported the original finish and it Carmelised the disk in 30 seconds so I scraped the floor by hand first. The gouges were from instruments moved over the years and also were quite large.
my solution doesn't completely level the floor as a drum sanding would - but it makes it look better
Still learning -- still experimenting - each room appears to have the same wood = 1-1/4 wide intermixed dark and light hard hard something or other with an edge design of intersecting pcs and pattern == ecchhhh - but each sands and stains differently.
its not threaded black pipe. At least this way I cannot be dissatisfied with the lowest bidders work - I have beer.