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  • Stain and Score is a flooring technique for smooth wooden floors.  It uses a penetrating stain, clear top finish (acrylic urethane is my favorite) a wide yardstick, and a scribe (see picture #12)
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  •  Apply a drenching coat of stain.  If you are using a foam brush, brush strokes that are cross-grain prevent catching 'snags'.
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  • Wipe the stain off leaving only what has penetrated.
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  • The stain will dry overnight
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  • A coat of acrylic urethane applied corss-grain...
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  • and lightly brushed out with the grain
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  • lightly sanded
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  • Attach a strip of tape for the scoring guides.  This tape is just barely attached to the edge.
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  • I am using a 1/2" reveal (6" in 1/12 scale)
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  • If you are going to use a random-width, use a transfer sheet to make sure the marks are the same on both edges of the floor
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  • Ready for scoring
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  • The scribe is pointed but smooth to dent rather than cut or tear
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  • Push down hard on the ruler.  Do two passes with the scribe close to your hand, then move your hand and do two more
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  • cross sanding
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  • Sand each groove with a folded piece of fine sandpaper
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  • Stain floods the grooves, then is wiped completely away from the surface.
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  • This scoring line didn't take as much stain as the others... I am re-scoring then re-staining
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  • Wipe all of the stain from the surface
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  • A second handful of paper towels gets the last of the surface stain
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  • The stain is dry, another coat of urethane, the first drenching cross-grain to get the grooves, then brush the finish out with-the-grain.  If the finish is too glossy, sand with-the-grain and buff with furniture oil or paste wax
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