The buff and coat is a term used for essentially putting a new coat of hardwood floor finish on your floor. A buff and coat can be done a few different ways and no ways are “better” than the other, they are just different. Below we will go over the process of the buff and coat, what a buff and coat is and isn’t. I hope that this article is informative on what you need in your own house.
The process (#1):
- clean the floor
- buff with a conditioner pad & Bona Prep
- dry the floor so no Bona prep/residue is left over
- buff the floor
- apply finish
The Process (#2):
- clean the floor with a Basic Coatings Dirt Dragon
- use Tykote as an abrasion to the floor
- apply finish
Buff and coating a floor is not for getting scratching, dings or dents out of a floor. To get deep scratching, digs or dents out of a floor you must refinish the floor completely. So, you are wondering why in the world would I ever buff and coat?… The buff and coat process is simply a method to extend the life of your floor as it is currently. By buffing and coating you can take out light scratching & have a new finish on top that is a nice even sheen.
Why Ever Buff and Coat?!
If you have light scratching and/or take care of a floor as mentioned in the “How to maintain a hardwood floor” buff and coating every 5 years or so can essentially make it so you never need to refinish your floor again. By maintaining your floor properly your hardwood floor will be a floor that lasts as long as your house.
What Buff and Coat is:
- takes out light scratching
- new coat of finish
- new & consistent sheen
What a Buff and Coat Is NOT:
- make your floor look brand new
- make dents and deep scratching go away
- make the yellow disappear
I can sum up the buff and coat in 1 sentence for you — If you are happy with the current condition of your floor, buff and coat, if you are not, refinish and follow the maintenance guide above.