Scrapers or sandpaper for parquet flooring a copy from Handtools

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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 51 days ago 468 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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 48 days ago

A ROS is more for finishing in my view. A belt sander ir better yet a commercial floor sander is what you need. Personally I’d replace the parquet as I just don ‘t like parquet flooring LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 48 days ago

Belt sander. Or flooring sander

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#3 posted 47 days ago

Looks like I need a belt sander on the purchase list. Thanks guys.

@Mark I think u are right with ROS. It is more for a finishing tool. Rate of removal is too slow.

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#4 posted 46 days ago

You’ll get done faster and cheaper by renting a commercial grade floor sander. It takes a light touch but it will get the job done quickly.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 46 days ago

Gustave Caillebotte’s ” The Floor Scrapers “

The Galoot method, video towards the bottom of page.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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#6 posted 46 days ago

A scraper will work well (it’s the traditional way to do it). But not a cabinet scraper. An ordinary paint scraper can do OK, as long as you keep it sharpened, or get the carbide blades. Lee Valley sells a ball joint scraper that I’ve never used but that looks good. I’ve done small floor areas this way (a closet, a very small hall) but would rent a floor sander if I had anything much larger to do.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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