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08-07-2019 03:40 PM

Hello. Can someone please help me identify the color of stain and/or shellac?? on this floor? I have been to both of my local hardware stores. Each one has given me conflicting answers. I am so confused. Home Depot told me it was not stain it was Amber Shellac. Ace told me it was not shellac it was stain because some of the areas would not come off no matter how much we sanded. Home Depot said to try try Mini Wax Fruitwood because it was the same color as amber shellac. I did a test patch and sadly it did not match. We have sanded the living room, hallway and kitchen. The picture I have included is of the bathroom (original floors) not sanded. The floors are knotty wood pine and the cabin was built in 1983 if that helps. Please help I am in a big mess!! All advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-07-2019 04:32 PM

You may want to post a pic of the sanded too. It is possible that it was finished natural and the finish has yellowed a bit over the years. To test the natural color lick your finger and see how it looks applied to the floor. If you do restain you may want to use a wood conditioner to slow the amount of stain the wood absorbs and it can help even out color in softwood. From the looks of it I would go back with something light and may even cut with some thinner to furter lighten.

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#2 posted 08-07-2019 05:17 PM

Shellac dissolves in alcohol. Wet a small rag with some rubbing alcohol and rub it on the floor in an inconspicuous area. The alcohol will soften up shellac and make it sticky.

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#3 posted 08-07-2019 05:27 PM

My guess it has a clear varnish of some sort on it, that is exactly how aged pine looks with a clear finish. Amber shellac will do a pretty good job of duplicating that color, but is not durable for a floor, so you will have to top coat it with clear floor varnish. The amber shellac that Home Depot sells is not dewaxed, don’t use that. Get some dewaxed shellac. The other option is to just put a clear finish on it and let time do the rest. In 30 years or so it will have an amber glow.

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#4 posted 08-14-2019 06:43 PM

Thank you all so very much for your advice and replies! :)

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