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Old 10-28-2009, 07:08 PM   #31
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I stained the floor this morning so tomorrow will start on the Poly. I went with Minwax English Chestnet and am pleased with the nice medium brown tone. I'll be using the Varathane Oil Based Gloss on the first coat - maybe next one too and finalizing the top two coats with Clear Satin.

Question -- When you sanded in between Poly coats what grit did you use and how exactly did you sand it? What I mean is did you hand sand on your hands and knees? (Please tell me no -- this ole granny has 20 yrs on you and all this work on my hands/knees is doin' me in!) I have a pole sander, sandpaper as well as screen paper (like the wallpaper sanding stuff) and orbital and palm sanders. Seriously, I'll do the hands and knees if I have to to get a quality job

Is the purpose of sanding between coats just to abrate the surface so the next coat has some tooth to connect to? Or is it to get a perfectly smooth surface -- like you do when staining/sealing doors, furniture etc?

This is a lot of work so I sure don't want to screw anything up now. Thanks for your input!

Your floors are absolutely gorgeous! You MUST be beaming with pride! Reach around there and pat your back generously from me! Rox

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Old 10-29-2009, 01:09 PM   #32
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I forgot to mention and you can still do this. Minwax stain and Varathene are compatible one advantage of varathene is if the next coat is applied within 12 hours you dont have to sand between coats!

otherwise can a pole sander and use fine grit screen to go between coats and get any dust/burrs out.

I myself use a buffer with sanding screens. goes super fast.

Hope your taking pictures. I like the chestnut color. I have used it on pine floors

good luck
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #33
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WIHD, Thanks so much for the info! I applied the first coat of poly this morning - was a breeze! I was nervous after reading so many threads where people had problems, but this was easy-peasy! YAY! I used a pole and the Varathane lambswool applicator pad after first going 4" around the perimeter with a brush giving it a light coat. This floor is about 14x21 and it took one hour to do this. I followed instructions posted on this forum (THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!) to apply from one end to the other the width of the pad, then move over slightly overlapping and do it again being careful not to get too heavy with the overlap.

The one thing that I didn't expect to be so strong was the STINK! It didn't hit me until after I finished and was admiring my work - then bang the headache and burning eyes and thinking I might loose my cookies! OMG I opened two windows, put a fan blowing outward in one window, changed my clothes and left Dodge! Six hours later I returned. It still stinks some, but not the headache, burning eyes, etc.

There were posts saying that even if the can said you didn't need to sand in between coats to do so anyways or you wouldn't get a good finish. Nervous Nellie here -- I've worked really hard and don't want to sacrifice a quality finish to save a little work so I'll go ahead and will pole sand using fine grit as I don't have a buffer. The can says to wait at least 12 hours for the poly to dry before reapplying and more if humidity level is high. We're on the verge of rain here and the humidity is higher so I think I should wait more than the 12 hours to be safe. Tomorrow morning it'll be about 22 hours and I'll sand then gently vacuum dust up and will tack off before applying the next coat. PLEASE - If I'm being TOO cautious here, don't hesitate to straighten me out! (I don't cry easily)

I'm so geeked about my recent projects (Fireplace raised hearth removed and this floor refinishing)! I've had soooo many people tell me to not try it, to hire someone to do it, blah, blah, blah. I'm doing the yippee skippy dance at the money I've saved and the great results I'm seeing. I'm so glad I didn't listen to everyone.

By the way, the fireplace will be refaced after this floor has cured completely. Then I'll tile the hearth and 12" surrounding the firebox and will build the wood surround/mantle as well.
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wow--looking GOOD! before the next coat use your pole and the finest screen you have and just give it a light sanding. It will remove ans specs and give the surface a little grit for the next coat to adhere to.

Looking very nice. You will have to create a new post to get some traffic to your hard work. Nobody is gonna weed through my 3 pages to see your nice floor! keep up the good work!
your almost done.

Oh yeah the fumes are doozies!

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