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Old 08-04-2017, 12:37 PM   #1
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DIY Oak Floor restoration

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
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:49 PM   #2
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Forget restoring those floors.
You should be tearing them up to find where Rocky stashed his $$$
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:25 PM   #3
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Forget restoring those floors.
You should be tearing them up to find where Rocky stashed his $$$
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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

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Old 08-04-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 08-04-2017, 04:22 PM   #5
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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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water based finish sucks, it has no pop whatsoever.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:07 PM   #7
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water based finish sucks, it has no pop whatsoever.
not my experience

This was satin finish
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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.
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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.

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

never attempted that before - hard job?

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Here's some very old maple with 3 coats of oil based poly from this past February...
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Either that, or replace affected planks.

never attempted that before - hard job?
replacing planks is a pia, time consuming for sure.
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nice job jeff, who did it?

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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...
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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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