In some cases, though, you may want to remove an old varnish to apply a new varnish or refinish your wood floor. They were covered with carpeting and I wanted to restore them to their original glory. Alternately, you can use a spray stripper, available in aerosol cans. You are at the crossroad of needing new flooring or having it stripped. Switch to Threaded Mode. Place the running sander on the ground and move across the room in the direction of the wood grain. But, you can sand it with a homeowner sanding machine from a local rental
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How to Strip a Hardwood Floor
The only reasons that someone would paint over stain is that they were either too lazy to maintain it or it got scratched so bad that wood filler was used and then painted over. Layers and Layers of Floors. After sanding the whole floor, turn the sander at a degree angle and go over the entire floor once again. Thanks so much in advance. I'm not real excited about it. I'm really at a loss at this point. I am for cost and time reasons doing exactly what you did.
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How to Strip Varnish Off a Wood Floor
Top of Page View New Posts. I tried a paint stripping "block" those wirey looking sponge sized blocks that take paint off but that doesn't do very much at all. Any advice is appreciated. Cover the adjacent doorways with plastic drop cloths. Now that you have loosened the varnish with your paint stripper, you can scrape it off using a chemical-resistant scraper blade, or you can wash it away using a damp mop. When you reach the wall, return to the center of the room and sand the next section, until you sand the entire wood floor. Tip When using chemical strippers, work in small, manageable areas, so that you can remove sections of varnish before the chemicals dry. Put four grit abrasive disks on the sander.
Description:The last thing that you want to do is work with it in an enclosed area without proper ventilation. They have taken abuse over the years and this leaves me with a few problems it should be noted that I'm very new to this sort of thing. So I tried using clean rags to wipe up the stuff but that smears it even worse. Plastic drop cloth , used to cover adjacent doorways and block out dust 3. This should sufficiently protect you from any problems with the stripper. Sanding and refinishing your old wood floors can make them look like new again, but the process can't be started until the polyurethane coating is removed. To remove the stain and finish from the parts of the floor that are like this, I have attempted to use a chemical stripper Zip Strip, and another product by Klean Strip. Varnishes are made from powerful solvents, though, and simply applying general cleaning solutions will not remove the coating. Skip to main content.