Refinishing softwood floors

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by G Francis, Jan 26, 2008.

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    G Francis Guest

    I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
    It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl. I
    would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
    about softwood. Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
    the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit? Is the
    overall process the same as hardwood floors? Thanks for any help.
     
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    ransley Guest

    What reason have you been given to use finer grit. Glue will clog up
    paper I would think fast but with old wood coarse grit is the quickest
    way to get to good wood, you might have to remove alot, check the
    thickness first it may have been sanded many times before and be to
    thin to sand. Abandoned, water damage may not come out.
     
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    Phisherman Guest


    It is the same. To get a nice smooth surface use 3 or 4 grit grades
    working up to 220 or 250 grit. It is much easier to gouge a softer
    wood, so be careful about moving or tipping the sander or being in any
    spot for too long. Some sanders are much more aggressive than others.
    Sanding always makes a mess so having a dust collector and a
    well-fitting respirator makes good sense. Also, consider hanging
    sheets of plastic to confine the dust else it will easily travel over
    the house.
     
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    jim Guest

    Not sure about your softwood floor project but at our summer home we
    refinished the 800 sq feet of softwood flooring last summer. Real nice
    job, took our time and put 5 coats on it. Daughter had some friends up
    for a BBQ and someone decided that high heel shoes was appropriate
    footwear for cottage country. The rest is history.
     
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    G Francis Guest

    Wow, that is a sad story about the high heels. Thanks to everyone for
    the advice!
     
    G Francis, Jan 27, 2008
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    When there is a lot of adhesive on a floor it is a loosing proposition to sand it-it gums up the sandpaper and can ruin a sander or at least make it very difficult to clean. First you need to strip the adhesive with a product like Citristrip orange paint and varnish remover. I had to use it on a floor that was covered in carpet adhesive after trying sanding to no avail. Get some sharp wide scraper blades, knee pads, apply the stripper and start scraping. After stripping and cleaning up, allow the floor to dry and then sand.
     
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