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03:13PM | 10/28/02
Member Since: 10/27/02
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I would like to know if anyone has any good ideas what to do with a fully painted wood floor. We just bought a house ripped up carpeting and the whole floor is completely painted a dark brown. Is it even able to be refinished? I would love to save this flooring in any way, even if someone has a good idea about how to repaint it.


05:19PM | 10/28/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
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Yes, but it depends on the thickness of the surface wood. The relevant thickness is not the entire wood planks, but the surface wood. Wood flooring is constructed in interlocking tongue-in-groove slats. If you sand through the surface layer to expose the slats, you ruin the floor.

There are inexpensive services for hire that can do the refinishing in a weekend: much more systematic and efficient than you could ever do it. In Chicago a few years ago, some of these services charged only $1 per square foot to refinish the floor.

If there are dents and divots in the floor, you should re-sand it with a giant belt sander, which will take the finish and a bit of the wood up with it. If not, you can chemically strip the finish/paint, sand it just to smooth it out, and re-finish. Every floor only has a small number of sandings in it, so you want to avoid sanding if you can.

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