How to Seal Oak Wood Pores

Written by gail delaney
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Finishing an oak floor takes several steps to do the job properly. Applying a penetrating sealer is one of those steps. This will seal oak wood pores and help protect the wood. You have two choices of sealers. One is a slow drying sealer, which is a good choice for people with no or a limited knowledge about applying a sealer. A fast drying sealer has a tendency to show lap marks or have a splotchy appearance in the end unless used by a professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Wood sealer
  • String mop
  • Lamb's wool pad applicator
  • Clean cloth
  • No. 2 steel wool
  • Electric polisher
  • Tack cloth

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the floor to make sure you have all the dirt, dust and debris off the floor.

  2. 2

    Apply the wood sealer in a generous amount to the wood. Using a clean string mop, lamb's wool pad applicator or a wide brush, apply the sealer going in the direction of the wood grain.

  3. 3

    Wipe off any excess sealer with a clean, dry cloth. Leave this to dry for four to six hours.

  4. 4

    Buff the wood's surface with a No. 2 steel wool either by hand or with an electric polisher. Vacuum the floor's surface again and use a tack cloth to remove all of the dust.

  5. 5

    Apply a second coat, repeating steps 2 and 3.

  6. 6

    Leave this to dry for eight hours or overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear goggles and a face mask to protect your eyes and lungs while working.
  • Work in a well-ventilated room.

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