Scrapers or sandpaper for parquet flooring

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06-01-2014 03:25 PM

Please share your experience with repairing parquet flooring. I have tried to use a cabinet scrapers and ROS with removing parquet coating and found it to be very difficult. The ROS was ineffective as it was gum up while
the cabinet scraper was killing my back.

Should I just accept the fact that a professional machine for flooring is needed for removing the coating from the old parquet?

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 10:15 PM

That prob. depends on what was used to seal the floor. A lot of Gym floors in this area were sealed with Spar varnish or Marine varnish. I don’t know how they sand when new, but they really gum the sander when they age. A stripper used before sanding works better on them, then sand. I’d try a closet or not seen corner to test.

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 11:03 PM

The right tool for the job is a “ball joint scraper”.

Veritas make a version of an old one by Starrett. You may be
able to find an old one on ebay.

A floor polisher fitted with sanding screens won’t gum up the
same way. They are similar to drywall screens. Floor belt
and disk sanders are a lot more aggressive in removing material,
gouge the floor where a polisher won’t. All this stuff can
be rented.

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 11:17 PM

Over here we always do the floor with two types of sander.My son has them for sale.A drum floor sander with a belt which is spiralled onto the drum and locked into place and an edge sander with normally an eight inch disc on it’s bottom.
You cannot get into the edges with the drum sander alone .Then varnish it using a long handled mop arangement on a pole.I would never attempt it by hand unless your masochistic and wish to have a lifelong back problem ouch.The good news is you should be able to hire them overnight or for the weekend or two days during the week or longer if needed..They also supply the sanding discs etc pay for them upfront so you have plenty then return the unused extras for a cash refund.Alistair

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 02:40 AM

Looks like I need to rent or buy some proper power tools for the job.
@Loren: A ball joint scraper will work very well on long boards. But parquet is very short and narrow. The grain on each piece can be in reverse.


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#5 posted 06-09-2014 08:15 AM

I use to run my Uncle’s Hardwood Flooring Business. Yes. I would Rent a Professional Flooring Sander. It’s a few bucks but will save you a LOT of work. (Apprx. $50.00/Day)

Parquet Flooring Grain Runs in all Directions. I wouldn’t even attempt a Scraper.

You should be able to do it in a day. We always did Parquet at a 45 Degree Angle. It just seemed to work best that way.

I THINK the Initial Belt was a 36 or 40 Grit That took Everything off. Doesn’t matter what it is.(You can go as Rough as 20 Grit) Don’t Pause or Stop while You’re doing it or you’re liable to end up in the Basement! ...LOL…

Up to 80 then 120 as the Pre sand before finish application. You will probably also need an “Edger” to get in close and/or under things where the Big One won’t go.

They are usually 14 Amps and run on normal House Current. The cut is 8” Wide.

The newer Models have a More Efficient Dust Pickup Vacuum. Where a Dust Mask anyway!

REMOVE ALL Sawdust from the House. It is Highly Flammable especially when the Dangerous Stuff is Floating around in the air.

Hope It Helps.


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#6 posted 06-09-2014 08:56 AM

Oh man….... Belt sander in the house. DUST! DUST! I best I better start early then.

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