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Forum topic by JakPetrov posted 09-24-2020 02:40 PM 280 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JakPetrov

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09-24-2020 02:40 PM

I wanted to refinish my hardwood floor and watched a video, where a guy did it using a floor pad sander, so that’s what I did. I now realize that I should have started with a drum sander, but I didn’t and am now in damage control mode. I got what I thought was all of the finish off with the 20 grit, but then I used an edger with 20 grit, and wow, what a difference from the pad sander (swirls, gouging and much more bare wood). I stopped using the edger after a pass on one wall. I’m wondering if I use my palm sander as an edger, will the finish I put down look right, as long as I work my way up to 80 grit with the palm sander, which is what I did with the pad sander. I’m not planning on staining the floors, I was going to use the Minwax polyshades, that has the stain in the polyurethane.


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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-24-2020 03:57 PM

JAK – we have a sister forum that is called DIY Chatroom
specifically for the DIY homeowners. there is a sub-forum for “Floors” that is specifically for
all kinds of flooring concerns. many professional floor guys there that do this for a living.
you may be able to gain some additional help there.

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JakPetrov

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#2 posted 09-24-2020 04:36 PM

Thanks. Just re-posted it there.

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ibewjon

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#3 posted 09-24-2020 11:37 PM

I have seen many try to it yourself flooring refinishing projects. I have rarely seen success when using power equipment. I used stripper, back when it worked. I needed air supplied respirator due to the meth chloride. I sanded by hand with a sanding block, and accepted the deep defects as character. If doing it again, I would hire an experienced professional. Good luck.

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 09-25-2020 12:46 PM


If doing it again, I would hire an experienced professional. Good luck.
- ibewjon

Yep, sometimes the right tools the right experience and someone to hold accountable, PLUS usually 75% less time invested makes it worth writing the check.

Hope John’s tip leads you to a solution, BTDTGTTS, and you get what you want, but having used polyshades once and NEVER again, I would very strongly suggest that you consider stopping now and getting a PRO in for a quote. The floors are a HUGE part of your home and the value, saving a few bucks now and getting a final product that you’d have to do over for resale or satisfaction could be far more painful.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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23tony

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#5 posted 09-25-2020 07:33 PM


JAK – we have a sister forum that is called DIY Chatroom
specifically for the DIY homeowners. there is a sub-forum for “Floors” that is specifically for
all kinds of flooring concerns. many professional floor guys there that do this for a living.
you may be able to gain some additional help there.

I thought that the other site was set up so that our logins here could be used over there too, but that doesn’t seem to be working. Did I misunderstand?

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JakPetrov

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#6 posted 09-25-2020 07:53 PM

I did have to setup a new account there, but it only took a minute.

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