11:19AM | 07/05/06
Member Since: 07/04/06
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My home, built in 1925, has beautiful hardwood floors, I think pine, but I'm not too certain. I don't know my wood really well (take that how you will...), and I am wanting to re-finish them; the previous owner had dogs inside if you know what i mean!

I rented an orbital flood sander from Menards and started in hot and heavy, but as I figured I made it about 1 foot and all three 8" sander pads were gummed up with the finish off the floors. It sanded nice for about a minute then once it warmed up it started gettign gooey.

most people I have spoke with have suggested a drum sander rather than the orbital but I dont think it would make much difference; my sand paper gummed up when just sanding by hand!

Anyone have any suggestions for removing the finish from this old wood?

As soon as you're born you start dying; so you might as well have a good time - John McCrea


06:51PM | 07/16/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
I can think of a couple reasons and solutions - depending...

It could be that your floors have a build up of old wax that is doing you no good there. If so, the solutiuon is to get a chemical striper or just turpentine and steel wool and hand scrapers to take the wax off first, then do your sanding

The other more likely scenario is that you have the wonderful wood known as Antique Heart Pine. Very rare now but related to longleaf pine.

This wood smells a lot like turpentine when heatd by sanmding. It also, unfortunately, has a lot of resin that has its advantages, but really messes with efforts at sanding. razor sharp scrapers in the hands of an experienced floor man can t5ake a floor down. I would advise you to stay away from a drum sander. Many floors have been ruined by inexperienced persons trying to use such a powerful machine.

You may just be stuck with using patience and a lot of sanding discs. I know some flooring refinishers who refuse to work on heart pine, and others who charge extra to do it, so don't be too discouraged.

On the positive side, once you are done, you will have a rare and beautiful floor.

Excellence is its own reward!

4387 floors


03:29PM | 09/09/13
You may have to remove finish with turpentine before doing hardwood flooring refinishing or you may continue to get gummed up. Otherwise, be patient and have a lot of papers handy.
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