Refinishing wood floor

Old 04-30-05, 03:34 AM
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Refinishing wood floor

My house has three upstairs bedrooms with hardwood floors. They are the narrow strips, put in almost 100 years ago. I would REALLY like to refinish them myself and wonder what the best process is. Or would you recommend getting them done professionally.

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Old 05-06-05, 07:54 AM
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If the scratches and wearing is not deep, you may be able to just put another layer of finish. Do a very light sanding or use a screen, and apply finish. Here your are only sanding or screening enough to provide adhesion for the new coat of finish. You could rent a floor buffer with a 120 screen. (However, if the floor has previously been waxed you may have problems)
If it's deeper, or if you want to alter stain color, then a full sanding is required. 3 passes of sanding at increasing finer grit- 40/80/100. then stain and seal plus 2 coats of finish.
You can rent a floor sander for this. This can be done DIY, but I will warn you that getting an even sanding takes some experience. Most DIY's will find sanding "bounce" marks and start/stop marks. A bedroom is not a bad place to learn tho, as it's usually covered by more furniture, and of course, not public.
Old 05-07-05, 10:38 AM
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Go to for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association's technical manual on finishing wood floors for instructions.

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