2019 WFOY: Best Color & Finish Application

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Diamond Wood Floors | Dearing, Georgia

Entries in this category include jobsite-applied applications of dyes, reactive colorants, layered colors, and faux finishing.

The client requested a one-of-a-kind floor, so the Diamond Wood Floors team designed and installed a compass within his existing wood floors.

After multiple discussions to determine the specifics of the dimensions, species, and aluminum banding, the client granted free license to the team to decide the color of the medallion. While the client was aware that blue colorants would be used within the points, he was not aware that the finish would also glow in the dark.

To achieve this look, the team did a final sanding of the floor at 120 grit on a hydrasand, then vacuumed and tacked it. Next, iron acetate was applied, and the surrounding floor was allowed to dry overnight. The next day a custom stain mix was applied using a lambswool block and a buffer with carpet. The medallion did not have iron acetate applied and instead was coated with a combination of paint, sealer, and glow-in-the-dark acrylic. Various sections of the medallion were taped off for different finishes. Finally, the entire floor was top coated with two coats of finish.

The beauty of this floor is that it hits all the marks in regular light and goes to the next level when the lights go out.

Finish: Bona, DuraSeal

Installation Type: Nail-Down
Flooring Type: Solid
Flooring Style: Strip
Flooring Finish: Jobsite Finished
Finish Sheen: Satin
Finish Type: Water-based
Species: Red Oak, Maple, Sapele
Square Feet: 1,000

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