removing poly finish from laminate

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Old 09-25-12, 03:03 PM
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Unhappy removing poly finish from laminate

I want to remove the poly finish on my laminate floor that was put on by mistake. What steps to take?
 
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Old 09-25-12, 03:11 PM
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Welcome to the forums Kitty!

What type of poly was applied to the laminate, oil or waterbased? How long has it been on there?
I don't know that there is going to be any easy or quick method
 
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the poly used is waterbased and has been on the laminate floor about 3 years.
 
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The good news is the water based should be easier to remove than oil base poly. It's still not going to be easy. A couple of things to try would be scrubbing with a hot thinner like MEK or lacquer thinner and then scraping with a plastic "drywall" knife. Do a test area first!! There is going to be a fine line between removing the poly and harming the factory finish underneath. A citrus based paint remover might also be an option.

For the most part it's going to be trial and error as I doubt anyone has attempted a job like this
 
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Ugh. I think I might leave this alone - laminate is not wood but rather a picture of wood on a cardboard-like substrate; I would be concerned the process of removing the poly would damage the laminate.
 
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You are better off, buying new laminate.

The dull look you will certainly be left with, will bug you.
 
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Old 10-01-12, 03:40 AM
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I agree with Perry, if the finish has been on for 3 years, that means the floor has been down for quite a longer time. I would, however, recommend an engineered floor rather than a clacky laminate. Just my preference, that's all.
 
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