removing old varnish

Old 06-25-03, 05:24 AM
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removing old varnish

I've discovered nice oak flooring under the old linoleum in my 1912 house. Unfortunately it has a thick layer of old varnish on it. I've tried both an orbital and belt sander, and have had little luck getting the varnish off. The paper for both would gum up immediately with melted varnish. Would a drum sander be more useful for this job, or would it also just gum up? Any advice would be appreciated! Since I got an estimate of $750 just to sand this 8x20 foot room, I'd really like to do it myself.
Old 06-27-03, 09:03 AM
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I just had my floors refinished by a professional and he ended up doing five cuts to remove all of the old varnish. He started with either 20 or 12 grit sandpaper. As I didn't do it myself I am not sure if this helps, but I have to say that the results are spectacular.
Old 06-27-03, 12:43 PM
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$750 doesn't sound too bad for that size of room.

Here's a great suggestion: Never accept just one estimate!
Call four or five others and compare estimates. Also compare
their work procedure - orbit sander, drum sander, how much time to do the work, guarantees, etc.
Do you want it stained and polyed too. Get both the 'just sand price' and get the full treatment price.

Old 06-27-03, 02:47 PM
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wow thats like 5.00$ a foot thats a lot around here st.louis to sand goes for about 2$ maybe thats going rate for va sound high though
Old 06-28-03, 09:07 AM
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Dito for me floorman we average $2.00/sqft a job like the one described here would run 3-3.50 with 3 coats of poly


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