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removing carpet adhesive and old varnish from strip floor


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04-22-13, 01:59 PM   #1  
removing carpet adhesive and old varnish from strip floor

is there a chemical stripper anyone reccomend to strip off old carpet adhesive and old varnish from a douglas fir strip floor?

I tried hand scraping the glue off, but the varnish immediately gums up my sanding pad from the floor sander, belt sander. it doesnt matter. I've been using #36 and even tried #20. same result...paper gums up within seconds.

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04-23-13, 02:40 AM   #2  
Scraping is likely your best bet. Sometimes paint thinner will dissolve and remove adhesive but I'm not sure you would want to use that much thinner indoors.


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04-23-13, 07:56 AM   #3  
I had read on another thread that Founders resortation system works well. If not for the floor, I have a set of stairs to do, that will be difficult to sand and/or scrape.

 
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04-23-13, 02:24 PM   #4  
I'm not familiar with founders restoration system, a quick search didn't turn up anything


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04-24-13, 07:40 AM   #5  
I'm sorry, its not Founders, its Formby's Furniture Refinisher.
From reading the directions, it seems like a long process to get through the whole flight of stairs.

 
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04-24-13, 09:38 AM   #6  
While I've used Formby's paint and varnish remover, I've not used that particular product. I don't use strippers often but for the most part they all work the same - you brush on the stripper, let it set/work and then scrape off the gunk. It may or may not take more than 1 application. Some strippers need to be neutralized when done. Chemically stripping coatings on wood is always followed by sanding.


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