wood floor finish contaminated


Old 05-29-02, 07:52 AM
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wood floor finish contaminated

We recently refinished some floors in a home I've bought. Unfortunately, we believe we may have unwittingly contaminated the top (oil modified) layer before application. Possibly with a thinner. The floors have not hardened in almost three weeks. Some are walkable but are still a bit soft. Some are still as tacky as they were the day after they were done.

We have a million other things to do in the house that can't wait. So.... Sand off the top coat? Would sanding be possible with the layer being tacky or soft? Just wait longer? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-02, 07:24 PM
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It wasn't thinner that has contaminated your floor job. Thinner/mineral spirits is the thinner for almost all oil-base varnishes and polyurthanes.
Something else was already on the floor, wax, silicone, or another contaminant. Sanding will be nearly impossible as the paper wil get clogged so fast. Your best bet may be to use a paint stripper. It will not be an easy job.
One of the other experts here may have a product to recommend.
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