Question about hardwood floors

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Big Sky Country, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. Big Sky Country

    Big Sky Country Well-Known Member

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    My husband and I just bought a old homestead and it has hardwood flooring throughout it. This home was really abused and needs a lot of TLC.

    Can I take a sander and just sand the paint off the hardwoodflooring? Or would I have to strip it first and then sand it? Does anyone have any advice on how to treat the floor afterwards? Any books or sites?

    I haven't been on here in a while and used to post on here a lot. It's been about a year.

    Thanks,

    Leslie
     
  2. bulldinkie

    bulldinkie Well-Known Member

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    We bought a 1700 farmhouse floors were all dark.We had a fellow come in sand all floors.Clean them good and put 3 coats of water based poly on them they are now a beautiful honey color.Not hard to do.You dont want to stop and the sander is running it will mark floor.
     

  3. CarlaWVgal

    CarlaWVgal Well-Known Member

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    Be very careful with sanding the floor. Since it is painted it probably contains lead paint. I would consider stripping the floor if I could, just to avoid the dust from going through the house. Maybe you can wet sand the floor to keep the dust down?

    Carla
     
  4. rambler

    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Stripping is generally better for the floor. For you it's fumes one way, dust the other.....

    Sanding is a real art form, you need to _only_ go with the grain, and so on. Easy to mess it up.

    --->Paul
     
  5. mtman

    mtman Well-Known Member

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    the new sanders you can rent are foolproof they have 3 or 4 wheals on them cant make big dents in the floor like random orbital not like the old drum ones
     
  6. Smoky Rain

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    If it was my project, I would use "Zip Strip"... I'd rather deal with the fumes than the dust from sanding.

    Zip Strip has 6 different strengths of paint removers:

    http://www.starbronze.com/remover.html