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Old 11-02-2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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Refinishing hardwood floors in the winter?


Will I run into any problems trying to refinish floors in the winter? Reading online, I've noticed the polyurethane will need several days to dry. How will this work in a cold room with snow outside? Will I need to complete isolate the room from the rest of the house to do this?

Here's what we found once we pulled the 20 yr old carpet.

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Also, my understanding is since this floor is unfinished, an orbital sander will do just fine. But what about room where they had an area rug in the center and painted around it? Is this where the drum sander comes in handy? (these are smaller bedrooms).

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Old 11-02-2009, 07:17 PM   #2
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What a nice opportunity! These floors will look wonderful when you're done.

Well, other than the room being chilly you shouldn't run into humidity problems. I'm assuming the home is normally heated, right?

I just finished last coat of poly today on my floor refinish project (My Hardwood Floor Refinishing project). I am so very pleased with the results!

I closed all the doors to bedrooms/baths and taped a plastic sheet over doorway to family room trying to keep the stink out of those rooms and prevent heat loss in those rooms as well. It was quite effective. I turned my heat off, opened windows and put fans in windows while I was applying the poly and 2-4 hours afterwards. So to answer your question - no you don't have to do that, but it will help.

If it were me, I'd use the orbital sander on ALL the floors. I don't think you need a drum sander unless you have real uneven floors, etc. I bet you'll be surprised at how great the orbital will work, even on the painted floors. You may have to use a few more sanding disks (36 grit) but I'm thinking it will work.

If you do the living room first using the orbital you could give it a spin on the painted floor to see if it will do the trick. If not, get the drum sander.

Me? I know my limitations and I could not handle the drum sander at this time... my body won't take that abuse. It about killed me 6 yrs ago and I'm not getting any younger!

Good luck on your project!

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Thanks for the info. I'm hoping the orbital sander will do the trick in all the rooms.

The big room has seperate heating from the rest of the house and separate doors. So I can turn the heat off, open the windows, and close the doors.
I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't like paint, where it had to be above a certain temperature to dry.

Also, when renting a drum/orbital sander, would Lowes or HD have extra sanding pads or am I stuck getting them from the rental?
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I've not seen them at HD or Lowe's in their sand paper area, but that doesn't mean they don't have them... just haven't seen them.

There are places other than the box stores or rental place to buy the drum sand paper -- google to find something near you.
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