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Forum topic by tooldad posted 08-07-2011 03:41 PM 1513 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2011 03:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardwood floor refinish finish floor

Our dining area has great oak 2 1/4” hardwood floor. There is a light stain, however it is just the top coat that is scratched. We had a floor guy out and he said a light buffing and poly is all it needed since the only damage is where the chairs are.

Has anyone attempted this before? How low of sandpaper should I go 150 or just 220? I have a half sheet PC sander, I was thinking to 220 the entire scratched area, apply several coats of high gloss wipe on poly, then sand with 400 between coats as I do in furniture.

Any suggestions, or success & horror stories would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 05:12 PM

They also make sanding screens for floor buffers. I have seen these used on gym floors then the finish can be applied with a lambswool pad. these have handles so you can stand. The floor is sanded then wiped with a wet towel and allowed to dry. The finish is applied. The finish I saw used was sanded between coats. IT was a water base environmentally friendly finish. Bought at a janitorial supply place.

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 10:28 AM

old english floor cleaners and a lil crayon in the same color will hide the scratches.
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#3 posted 04-09-2013 11:28 AM

Dido on the floor buffing idea. You should be able to rent a buffer and buy s screen for it at a paint store, They are pretty easy to run and it is hard to screw it up. If you have never run a buffer before have the people at the tool rental give you a quick lesson, downward pressure on the handle makes it go right lift on the handle it goes left. I have done our floors quite a few times it is much simpler than a complete refinish.

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 02:04 PM

I’ve rented a sander and redone a couple of floors. You have to decide if you want to remove all scratches and gouges and rent the big drum sander that will remove the polyurethane. Or just scuff it up with the buffer so it will take a nice new coat of poly. If you don’t need to re-stain any parts, the buffer and another coat of poly is much easier. Also, all the flooring guys I’ve talked to say don’t use the water based. Stick with the oil based because it is provides a much harder coating. As for grit numbers, the rental place should be able to advice you on that.

Oh, and before you do any of this make sure the floor wasn’t previously waxed. What I said applies to a floor that is currently protected with poly.

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 03:54 PM

Sounds like the area(s) to be refinished are small – if so, I’m not sure what all the talk of renting floor buffers and sanders is about. You should be able to refinish the affected areas by hand easily – or just by doing each affected plank of flooring – if so, use green painter’s tape on adjacent planks not needing refinishing.

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 04:26 PM

Thanks for the replies. The area was small and I used my 1/2 sheet sander and 320’d the floor area that needed it and put on some wipe on poly. It was simply enough to get the house sold since the area affected as where the chairs rubbed constantly. House is now sold and the table is now on tile!

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 04:48 AM

old english floor cleaners and a lil crayon in the same color will hide the scratches.
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