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tips on refinishing a hardwood floor?

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my husband and i bought an old house and are remodleing it, i pulled up the old linoleum and to my surprise found an oak hardwood floor. the floor looks like someone made an attempt years ago to sand it, there are dark areas where the floor joins the wall. need info on sanding and refinishing.

You need to rent a drum sander, like a silverline sl-8, and an edger (sl-7). These can be rented together at most rental places.
You’ll start with 36 grit, then 50, then 80, then 100.

Return the sanders and rent a buffer with a "nipple brush", a pad and screens in 120 grit and 150grit. Screen the floor before applying your first coat. You’ll need to use scrapers and a square sheet sander in corners, around jambs, toe kicks, etc.

Vacuum the floor, and use tack cloths to remove any remaing dust. Apply the first coat. The next day, screen the floor with 150.
( dont forget to sand the corners, etc.) Apply the second coat.

Repeat.

If that sounds like too much work, a pro can do it for around $4.00 a foot.

5 Responses to “tips on refinishing a hardwood floor?”

  1. redhotboxsoxfan Says:

    Get some professional tips, a restored oak floor will look fantastic when you are done with it. Will take a lot of work, but it is worth it. Good luck.
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  2. ray of sunshine Says:

    Depending on the room size, we just rented a sander. Big, round and loud! Then we cleaned up all the wood dust, stained it, and then put a clear varnish over it. Two coats. The floors looked nice again. Love hard wood flooring!
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  3. mye77 Says:

    If the floor is in bad condition (lots of dents, scratches, etc) you’ll need to rent a drum sander and sand them down. You’ll also need a hand belt sander to get into the corner areas as a drum sander won’t get too close to the wall. If the floor is in good shape and just needs a minor sanding, you can rent a "U Sand" machine. These are much easier to use than a drum sander. After that, you need to clean the floors really well and then apply a stain. Then put at least 3 coats of polyeurethane on top of that. I just refinished some floors, so email me if you have any questions.
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  4. exretainedff Says:

    You need to rent a drum sander, like a silverline sl-8, and an edger (sl-7). These can be rented together at most rental places.
    You’ll start with 36 grit, then 50, then 80, then 100.

    Return the sanders and rent a buffer with a "nipple brush", a pad and screens in 120 grit and 150grit. Screen the floor before applying your first coat. You’ll need to use scrapers and a square sheet sander in corners, around jambs, toe kicks, etc.

    Vacuum the floor, and use tack cloths to remove any remaing dust. Apply the first coat. The next day, screen the floor with 150.
    ( dont forget to sand the corners, etc.) Apply the second coat.

    Repeat.

    If that sounds like too much work, a pro can do it for around $4.00 a foot.
    References :

  5. Go Rush! Says:

    Sanding a floor is a major task that requires skill with a floor sander and the ones you rent are usually out of adjustment and you wont notice it due to lack of experience. Paying a company to do it is well worth the investment considering how often it needs done. Get estimates from several companies along with references.
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