Q: We bought a house that has glue down hardwood floors, but I would prefer the handscraped look. Can we do this ourselves and how?
A: I have seen a few pictures of this look. I chuckle, because I have worked hard all these years to get as far away from that look as possible, and now I find out people are making good money creating this look. Go figure.
I guess you rent a machine and do the most terrible job you could do, with a rough abrasive. Leave lots of marks, gouges, etc. and presto, you have your rough floor. My supplier sells these floors already pre hacked.
Refinishing plywood stairs
I pulled up my carpet on the steps in my split foyer, and I found what looks like plywood. I tried to sand, stain and poly it but I cannot get a smooth finish all over. What can I do to fix this? Also, I would like to take the…
Sanding and coating bamboo floors
Q: We just purchased a new home and the entire home has dark bamboo floors. We love them, but the coating seems to be peeling off and flaking in some areas. We were told not to sand bamboo. Can I sand bamboo? We are planning on buffing ourselves then resealing.…
Refinishing a 4x4 floor
I am refinishing a 4x4 oak floor. I would like to know if I can use a vibrating sander instead of renting a floor sander.
Refinishing floors by hand, using shellac?
I would question using "shellac" as a seal coat. It contains a natural wax which will not allow adhesion of other top coats. There are de-waxed shellac products that offer better results. Zinsser universal sealer or Dura Seal Universal Sealer are good choices. Good adhesion on both sides of the…
Sanding v-groove flooring and refinishing
Q: I have a pre-finished Bruce hardwood floor with V-Groove's that was installed 18 years ago. It has some areas where the finish is worn. Is sanding v-groove flooring and refinishing a V-Groove floor possible? It seems like the grooves would not get sanded and as such preclude that option.…