Refinish advice

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Old 06-16-15, 10:02 PM
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Refinish advice

Hi,

My parents have an unfinished hardwood floor that they've had under carpet for a little over 25 years. The wood is okay, but I'm having trouble deciding how to finish it (lacquer, poly, etc.). It is a very high traffic area so I need the finishing to take less than a day. The kicker is that money is very tight, so expensive sanders and sprayers are out of the question. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 06-17-15, 04:12 AM
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Asking for the impossible, there's just no way to prep, clean, and seal a hardwood floor properly that fast and have it hold up.
 
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Old 06-17-15, 04:54 AM
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Sorry! I didn't mean the prep and cleaning were included in the day... It was just the sealing that needed to be very quick. Eight hours before foot traffic at the most. And it can't include expensive sanders and sprayers. Maybe it's still impossible... I don't know.
 
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The hardwood needs to be sanded first! Waterbasedpoly dries quicker than oil base but you give up a little on durability. I wouldn't use lacquer. The floor will need 2-3 coats.
 
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Old 06-18-15, 11:53 PM
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I can hand sand it. It's ~266 sq. ft. Could you give me realistic drying times and when you could get back in the room? Also, why not lacquer?
 
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Drying times depend on several factors, the coating used, temperature and humidity and how porous the substrate is. I don't use water based poly very often so I'm not real knowledgeable on their drying times but it's somewhere around 4 hrs to sand and recoat and probably 24 hrs after the last coat before it's hard enough to put the room back into service.

Modern day polys dry to a harder film than lacquer and require less coats.
 
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Lacquer tends to work better when sprayed and you already ruled that out.

Oil based poly is my preference.

Get everyone out of the house for a weekend and do the job right rather than rushing it.
 
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There are lacquers that are formulated for brushing. Lacquer was the norm for floors 50 yrs ago but so was 5-7 coats of lacquer on the floor. As far as I know most pros have always brushed floors until the pads came out.
 
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Old 06-20-15, 12:31 AM
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Okay... Thank y'all for the information. I know both of you said you don't use water-based polyurethane very often, but I was wondering if you would recommend a brand?
 
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A lot depends on what vendors you have available. A flooring store generally sells the better floor finishes, then your local paint store with a big box or hardware store having the cheapest selection.
 
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