Recently removed wtw carpet found oak floor in good shape but shallac
finish worn. I wish to refinish in poly if possible but I understand
that floors previously waxed present problems for poly. As I can not
operate the drum sander I will contract the job out. What should I
look out for and what should I specify in the contract with the
First if the floor is in good shape, I would specify that they not use a
drum sander on it. If it is just a worn finis, then a cleaning with alcohol
is all that is needed. That will remove the old wax and most of the shellac
and anything remaining will act as a sealer.
How would one go about using the alcohol and what type to purchase?
denatured at home depot?
About 6-8 months prior to pulling rugs I spilled a large bottle of
alcohol on rug so when I pulled rug I noted a irregular circle on
floor of mostly removed shellac and that the floor shade was much
lighter so the alcohol also reduced the stain.
After using alcohol can I just buff with brush pad and then start with
rag to put down water based urathan And repeat brush and rag second
cote then rag down third coat 24 hours later?
On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:38:23 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"
That all depends on the specific situation - condition of the floor.
Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes not. It is not unusual to find some
damaged or uneven areas. If after cleaning up with the alcohol it looks and
feels even and good, then you should be ready to go. I would expect a
little buffing as you suggest would be a good idea.
when I did use the alcohol brush sponge method the shallac came up
fine but a whithe residue remains. Do you have any suggestion
regarding its removal.
On Sat, 01 Oct 2005 10:48:06 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"
I am guessing it is more a matter of finish than a residue. Depending
on what you now have, you might want to do some light sanding and then
refinish. Does it feel smooth?
First try a small hidden area and try just using a little finish and see
what the results look like.
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