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Forum topic by jdhochma posted 10-06-2009 03:19 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2009 03:19 PM

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Noob here. I recently bought a house that i determined has end grain wood floors underneath the carpet. the floors look to have a layer of dirt and some paint over them. My question is whether it is possible to restore/refinish end grain wood floors? Anyone have any experience at this? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 03:26 PM

No personal experience with end grain flooring, but I cannot imagine why it couldn’t be sanded as long as there is sufficient thickness to work with. I would expect end grain to have absorbed more of the original finish than regular flooring, so there will probably be a little more stock removal required.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 03:44 PM

Is it possible that these square blocks are just a special type of subfloor?

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#3 posted 10-10-2009 10:34 AM

If it is end-grain and the finish is soaked into it at some depth as Charlie mentioned, it will cause your sanding belts to metal more than is usually the case. This can be pretty frustrating, ineffective and costly if you are using a floor sanding machine. Maybe it would be cheaper and easier to install a new floor. I assume you have the click together floor boards there in the U.S.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-10-2009 04:03 PM

I see no reason why you can’t just rent a floor sander and refinish the floor. It’s just wood, albeit an endgrain one.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 06:49 AM

It will take some heavy duty sanding but as long as it’s thick enough to take all the sanding it needs it should work.


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