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01:16PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 02/25/04
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I have a hard wood floor that is in relatively good shape but has small scratches and scuff marks. Do I need to sand it before I can think of refinishing? It has wax on it now (I did the finish test) so I am not sure if I need to sand before I apply either wax or polyurethane. Also, which is better for the floor?


04:37PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Wood floors that have been waxed need to have the wax stripped before you do anything else.

Once the floors have been stripped of wax it may be as simple as adding a single new coat of oil based polyurethane to eliminate surface scratches and scuff marks.

If any mars are deep, you will need to sand lightly before applying one or more coats of poly to return the surface to a proper luster.

Polyurethane is the rule for hardwood floors.

Wax collects dirt and debris much easier than a hard poly surface finish and makes shining floors much more difficult.


05:18PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 02/25/04
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First, thank you homebild! Second, what would be the best way to remove the wax? I was going to just sand but is there an easier, less messy way to strip the wax?

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