Old house, original solid oak flooring. Had it sanded and refinished 13
years ago when we bought the house. Most is in decent condition.
But, there's a full length mirror on the back of a closet door that has
ruined the floor in that area.
Can you guess?
I have a teenage daughter. She is often found in front of that mirror,
often with wet feet, dripping hair and assorted sprayable toxins in hand.
So anyway ... how best to fix it?
There was a more extreme (but thankfully limited) accident involving
nail polish remover earlier this year. It left a few square inches
nearly bare of finish and rough to the touch. I sanded it with a detail
sander and put a couple of coats of poly over it (steel wool
in-between), the same poly that was originally used. While the spot was
visible on close inspection right after the repair (it was newer-looking
and glossier, naturally), it has grown even less conspicuous since then
as people wear it down.
The area I want to repair now is much bigger, maybe 2 square feet. And
rather than a "clean" spot that had a chemical dropped on it all at
once, this area looks dirty as well as worn down.
I have access to a belt sander (hand-held, old), which seems like my
best option, if I can keep it from becoming a Go-Kart. But what grit,
kind of "paper", etc? I also have a half-sheet orbital, which seems like
too much finesse and not enough beef. Are there any other good options
Tips greatly appreciated.