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PRBuzz 08-04-2017 12:37 PM

DIY Oak Floor restoration
 
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My house has 65 year old oak flooring that for most of its life was covered by carpeting. A few years back we removed the carpeting and have been debating what to do to restore the flooring. We do not want to empty the entire house of furniture and have a PRO do the sanding/refinishing. I did sand/refinish the floors in our previous house and don't want to do it again. Thinking the NEXT owners can PROFESSIONALLY do the entire flooring on the main floor (LR/DR, 3 BRs, 2 HWs) before moving in ;)

I decided to try Lundmark Clear paste, putting on 2 or 3 coats hand waxing them and they looked great while the wax was still somewhat wet (shows the potent beauty) but after drying thoroughly overnight they disappoint. I did use a wax remover pretreatment before wax applied.

Any ideas? I want to be able to do flooring in sections moving furniture around after each section complete

Raider Ronnie 08-04-2017 12:49 PM

Forget restoring those floors.
You should be tearing them up to find where Rocky stashed his $$$
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PRBuzz 08-04-2017 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Raider Ronnie (Post 1125876)
Forget restoring those floors.
You should be tearing them up to find where Rocky stashed his $$$
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I did that from the underside, no need to tear up when full basement....now tearing up and digging under the basement floor is a different matter :)

nightfighter 08-04-2017 02:05 PM

No easy way out. Have to sand off the top surface to get the results you want. Anything else will be a waste of time and money since you were disappointed with that product. Get a pro who will do a room at a time if that works for you. With the water based poly they have now you can get three coats on in a day easily.

Nebe 08-04-2017 04:22 PM

Rent a sander and buy an ounce of good weed.. fire up the iPod and the headphones... I reccomend some good reggae... then apply a poly like Ross suggests.
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trevier 08-04-2017 05:55 PM

water based finish sucks, it has no pop whatsoever.

nightfighter 08-04-2017 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by trevier (Post 1125892)
water based finish sucks, it has no pop whatsoever.

not my experience

This was satin finish

afterhours 08-04-2017 06:44 PM

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dealing with a resto right now this is a water stain...had a pro sand and he put down 1st coat of poly- I stopped him at this point. I think I have to re sand, dark stain, then poly.

nightfighter 08-04-2017 07:06 PM

Either that, or replace affected planks.

I see blond oak floors all the time. For out house we mixed stains two parts cherry with one part mahogany. Or the other way around.... I forget. It darkens slightly over time but they still look great after 13 years. Only going to screen sand the kitchen and topcoat after the renovation.

afterhours 08-04-2017 07:36 PM

[QUOTE=nightfighter;1125898]Either that, or replace affected planks.

never attempted that before - hard job?

nightfighter 08-04-2017 07:50 PM

No, but if it were my floor in my house, being such a small area, I would ask your pro for a price.... my sub would usually have enough left over pieces from other jobs to do that without having to buy a box when you only need a fraction of one... They know al the little nuances of removing the right pieces without doing further damage as well as knowing which pieces will match up the best. The install is the easier piece, and they can hide all but the last row of fasteners.

afterhours 08-04-2017 08:11 PM

Ross - my "pro" and I do not see eye to eye at all...chit will hit fan very soon. bridge won't just be burnt it will be annihilated.

nightfighter 08-04-2017 08:12 PM

Get another one

afterhours 08-05-2017 07:45 AM

With my recent track record hiring help, I be better off attempting it my self. From lawyers, appraisers, painters, window guys, floor dude I can't win lately. I closed down my business for a few months so I can see all this work thru. already had to follow up and redo some window and paint work.



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Originally Posted by nightfighter (Post 1125902)
Get another one


Guppy 08-05-2017 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by afterhours (Post 1125916)
With my recent track record hiring help, I be better off attempting it my self. From lawyers, appraisers, painters, window guys, floor dude I can't win lately. I closed down my business for a few months so I can see all this work thru. already had to follow up and redo some window and paint work.

Hire Ross, go back to work, just saying... :-)
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spence 08-05-2017 03:06 PM

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Here's some very old maple with 3 coats of oil based poly from this past February...

trevier 08-05-2017 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by nightfighter (Post 1125898)
Either that, or replace affected planks.

never attempted that before - hard job?

replacing planks is a pia, time consuming for sure.

afterhours 08-05-2017 05:05 PM

nice job jeff, who did it?

spence 08-05-2017 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by afterhours (Post 1125925)
nice job jeff, who did it?

John Cabral out of Bristol. Very small operation but he does nice work at a good price. I believe he's about to retire if he hasn't already...nice guy also.

Not sure if the floors are original to the house but the past owner thought they could be. 1860 if they are...

nightfighter 08-05-2017 06:19 PM

Don, where are you located? Just wondering if Bruce or Milo might have a referral that is local to you..... Sorry you have been mining the bums who make the craftsman's job harder..... They are out there.


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