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Old 02-12-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Can I get away with not sanding these floorboards?

Hi guys, I'm hoping to avoid sanding these floorboards before I stain dark and varnish. Would it work or would it look awful?

Is there a way to clean the boards a little without fully sanding?

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Stain and varnish an inconspicuous area, like a closet, and see what your results are.
But some extra elbow grease now will net you so much better results for years to come.


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If there is ANY old urethane/aluminum oxide/wax on the floor, stain will not penetrate and varnish will not stick.
I'd sand the whole thing to properly prepare the surface for stain and varnish..

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