Refinish engineered hardwood floor


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Old 11-29-14, 02:30 PM
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Refinish engineered hardwood floor

Hi there,

I really want to refinish my hardwood floor, it appears to be engineered oak with 2mm veneer that has a varnish of some sort on top. The floor itself is in good condition, my desire is to sand it and stain it dark to breath some life in to the floor. There are some dark stains and blisters around the dishwasher and toilet, but otherwise seems to be level, no bending, cupping, bowing etc.

I have do some research that suggests that it is possible to sand and stain engineered floor, but not had much luck on details.

Is this even possible?

If so, I assume I can't use a drum sander for this? What sort of sander is appropriate for this?

TIA

Mike
 
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Old 11-29-14, 02:47 PM
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#1 No form of wood flooring should have ever been installed in a bathroom or kitchen!!
If there's blisters and stain you have some water leaks that need to be addressed.
 
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Old 11-29-14, 03:02 PM
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I bought the house a year ago, learning they cut a few corners over the years.

Kitchen blistering was caused by a dishwasher leak and the bathroom had a leaking cistern, which is being replaced.
 

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I've never refinished any engineered hardwood but have heard it can be sanded and refinished 1-2 times depending on the thickness of the veneer and the condition of the flooring. Someone proficient with a drum sander could use one on it but a buffer or pad sander would be better choice for a diyer.

Depending on how bad it is in the kitchen, I would consider just lightly sanding and applying a coat [or 2] of poly to freshen it up. I'd pull up the wood in the bath and install tile
 
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Old 11-29-14, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for the info, the bathroom is in fact the downstairs toilet, but I guess tile is still more appropriate.

The condition is really good, I really think I just need to remove the poly, stain and re-apply the poly.
 
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To stain, all the existing finish needs to come off! I'd consider having a pro come in and sand it .... or at east come by and give you an estimate while you pick his brain a little
 
 

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