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Restaining red oak floor

Imma S
last month

We are just starting the process of restaining and refinishing our red oak floor and we are hoping to make it more light/natural looking like white oak. Our contractors wrote in description he will do “1 coat of stain and 3 coats of finish”. I checked Bonas website and I saw that they have DriFast stain as well as sealers such as NordicSeal or NaturalSeal.

Can someone tell me the difference between the “stain” and “sealers”? I see a lot of posts on refinishing red oaks here and most people seem to use the “sealers” and I don’t see “stains” talked much here.

To make our red oak to be more like white oak, do you suggest we use a stain or sealer?

Thank you

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