quick fix hardwood floor???


Old 06-04-02, 09:43 AM
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Question quick fix hardwood floor???

We tore up the carpeting in a small bedroom and found a hardwood floor underneath. It looks in real good condition (no stains or gouges) but there are a few paint spills (under the size of a quarter) and several spots look "dry". It looks like there is no finish in these spots.

We do not want to re-do this entire floor. Can I sand off the paint and try to figure out what finish is on it and just put another coat of finish on it. The house was built about 25 years ago.

Is there a way I can tell if it is varnish or polyurthene?
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Old 06-04-02, 09:52 PM
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Refinishing wood floors

There are products that remove dried latex splatters from woodwork and floors, such as Splatter Off at http://www.savogran.com/Retail_Produ..._products.html

Floors that are in otherwise good condition can be screened a new finish applied without having to sand the floors.

A very helpful site is http://www.finishingwoodfloors.com where you can also find the Technical Manual for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturer's Association.

You can test your type of finish in an inconconspicuous place such as behind a door. Acetone (nail polish remover) will shellac and varnish into a sticky goo. Polyurethane sheds acetone like water. These finishes should never be waxed. Avoid cleaning products containing waxes and oils as they tend to dull and soften the finish.

A tablespoon of water on a waxed finish floor will turn the wax white. The white spot can be buffed out with paste wax and fine steel wool. Wax floors can be waxed with paste wax for wood floor and buffed to restore finish. A waxed floor should never be damp mopped.
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