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07:57PM | 05/12/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
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I had to replace a cork floor. After laying the floor, putting on two coats of sealer and several coats of oil based polyurethane, myinstaller now says he thinks he should have used waterbased polyurethane. He applied stripper to one room and then decide it would be too time consuming to hand strip it. He wants to come in a use a belt sander. Since the cork was so absorbant - it took the 2 sealer, plus one coat before you began to see a real finish; I am concerned about the ability to sand off the finish. To me it just looked like a poor application - lots of what I would call spots. He said it was a moisture problem. I envision trying to put water on top of this as causing a bigger mess. The living room and den are fairly well buffed back off now, the bedroom still has the stripper on it. Any thoughts?

Jay J

04:23PM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi kmlcw,

My thoughts are you (or the Pro) needs to treat the pseudo-new floor as a refinishing job. I don't know what's necessary to refinish your cork floor. I do know a Screen Sander could be used. However, you'll go through a lot of screens. The belt sander is messier but a Pro should know how to use it to avoid 'gouging' the wood.

RE: Water vs. Poly - It depends. There are pros and cons of both. I recommend a poly product for flooring. It does take longer to dry and it is odor-ful, but it doesn't dry to a milky color and will last longer.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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