How to rejuvinate oak floor

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Old 11-01-10, 09:15 AM
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How to rejuvinate oak floor

I have about 600 sq ft of red oak flooring (4 bedrooms, 5 closets and hall) in a home built in 1929. The floors have never been refinished and are in relatively good shape, but there are places where the finish is worn, dull or scratched and one area (24" diam) where it appears there is water damage and the finish is gone.

I got one ballpark of $2500 to refinish, but do not want to invest that much cash. I am willing to invest sweat if there is some way a do-it-yourselfer can rejuvinate the existing finish and touch up the rough looking areas short of complete sanding and refinishing.

I would appreciate any suggestions.
 
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Old 11-01-10, 09:23 AM
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I'd take a small sander and lightly sand the entire floor, remove ALL the sanding dust and apply a fresh coat of poly.
 
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Yep, sounds like a good plan to me
 
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Old 11-01-10, 03:25 PM
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Yes, that sounds like a plan, but what do you mean by a "small sander"? I have two hand held sanders...a vibratory pad sander and a belt sander. Neither one has a dust bag.
 
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Use your vibrating sander. All you want to do is scuff sand the poly so the next coat will adhere well... and remove any minor scratches. The belt sander would remove too much material!
 
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I agree a recoat is the way to go. I would rent a square buffer and get a 220 grit sanding screen & a white buffer pad. These square buffers are really easy to use, even for someone who has never used one.
 
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I am going to refinish part of mine as well. Will the mentioned sanders buff paint splatters out nicely?
 
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Should but paint can clog sandpaper so I'd see if I could scrape any of it off first
 
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I agree it would be best to scrape off what you can of the splatters if you are just sanding enough to recoat. Otherwise you might sand too deep trying to get rid of the paint.
 
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.......this should be fun! thanks guys.
 
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