Hey everyone, I have crossed over from the woodworking forum to hopefully get some advice on our floors in the house we just purchased.
We have ripped up the carpet, vinyl flooring, and tile and everything seems pretty good, i.e. no significant cracks, pretty level.
My questions come up with the surface prep. According to the Skimstone website I would rate my floors as being a number 2 (Surface dull and smooth in appearance. Texture resembles fine sandpaper. Few or no cracks present.)
I have cleaning to do to remove adhesives, paint, plaster, dirt, ect. What's the best way to get rid of all this stuff? Grinder, sander, scraping by hand? I read about chemical strippers leaving residue so I figured that wouldn't be the best choice.
Also, I have some carpet tack craters to fill. There is a lot of paint near these craters, so should I sand/grind then fill, then resand near walls if necessary?
I would use a good self leveler compound. A portland cement based one not gypsum based one. this would be quicker and fix all issues at once while leaving a clean flat surface to install your flooring.