Protecting Hardwood Floors

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Forum topic by TheNewbie01 posted 10-06-2014 09:43 AM 1042 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2014 09:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hardwood protecting refinishing project

Hello everyone, I’m new to the site and too woodworking as well. So here’s my project in the works: I am pulling up the carpet in my house to reveal the 50 year old hardwood floors underneath. Is there a way to protect the wood in between stripping it and putting a stain/finish on it? I’m trying to just do sections at a time since I don’t have a huge abundance of extra time but I know the wood needs protect as well. Thanks for the responses ahead of time!

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 04:48 PM

Did you save any of the carpet? I think plastic film or tarp, edge taped down, with carpet on top so you can walk without skidding, or scuffing thru the plastic.

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 04:58 PM

Red rosin paper works fairly well.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 10:56 PM

I would not use plastic as it traps moisture. It also has a slick surface that might cause a slip hazard. Stefs right about rosin paper, but I would shy away from the red colored paper as it has a tendency to stain other surfaces. How do you plan to resurface/refurbish the surface? Doing small sections at a time is really not advisable. It is very heard to get them to blend.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 09:31 AM

Well I figured I would just strip it down to bare wood. The previous owners painted the hardwood at one point in time. I’m just trying to strip sections at a time before finishing it all at once. Is this advised against?

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 12:30 PM

No, that’s a good plan as long as you protect the stripped sections until you get it all stripped. Then one quick pass over the entire surface to ensure it’s “evened” out and on to the finishing.

Rosin paper would be good, just not the red one. Two layers would provide better protection if it’s going to be a while before you’re all done…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#6 posted 10-07-2014 03:18 PM

When you talk about “stripping the floor” I assume you mean sanding. I would not use any type of chemical strippers. Also, precautions should be taken if the floor is that old. It might have a wax finish and modern finishes will have a hard time adhering to it, even if done professionally.
Herb is right about finishing all at one time. Don’t try to finish in sections.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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