Refinishing waxed floors

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ottertailfamily

My wife and I spent last weekend refinishing the floors in our dining room
and living room. They turned out nice. But the big pain in the butt was
that they were waxed. I mean WAXED, as in about 1000 coats over the last 75
years. Sandpaper was next to useless, the drum sander recommended by
everybody from Bob Villa to Don Juan, using 36 grit (the coarsest they had)
would clog the paper in about 5 minutes and start to leave melted streaks of
wax. We finally had to resort to paint stripper, which got us down to wood
that could be sanded.
I wonder what others have done in this situation, or is stripper the way we
should have done the whole thing, then sanded? The edges were a real bummer.
The wax was literally more than a 1/32 inch thick. We have one more room to
do, and we will use stripper FIRST, then sand.
We are still talking however.
tad
 
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m Ransley

Rent a circular floor buffer-scrubber and use Lundmark wax remover and
a coarse pad. Alot of rinsing and wax remover will be needed. Then it
can be sanded with a drum sander. Or use wax remover and a sharpened
flat blade shovel , then the scrubber.
 

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