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mrstyrofoam 09-13-2013 03:47 PM

Refinishing Wood Cathedral Ceiling
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I have a 1965 Eichler-style house with about 1500 sq feet of exposed softwood V-groove cathedral ceiling that I woud like to refinish. The stain looks pretty thin and easy to remove in most rooms, with only one room having been refinished with polyurethane.

Sandblasting or walnut blasting will leave a raised grain so I'm wondering if anyone has tried this followed by an orbital sander to smooth the surface.

Anyone use a Makita Brush Sander? A mop sander?

Any other ideas that will leave the surface nearly as smooth as the existing planed surface? The house has been in my family for 40 years so I prefer to keep it close to the original style.

joecaption 09-13-2013 06:33 PM

If there's no sealer and just stain why are you sanding it?

mrstyrofoam 09-13-2013 06:47 PM

What do you suggest?
I don't know what the finish is, it looks dirty and a color I don't like. I just want to get to raw what is your advice?

Jmayspaint 09-13-2013 07:04 PM

I would think to just sand it. Media blasting might work, but sanding it smooth again would probably be more work than just sanding the stain off.
An orbital for the main areas, and a square vibrating sander or a mouse sander for the inside corners. It's no fun sanding overhead, but I can't see a better way...

joecaption 09-13-2013 07:11 PM

Hope you know a good Chiropractor.
I'd try a drywall sanding machine to do the bulk of the sanding.
Home Depot rents them.

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