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Old 08-16-2009, 08:55 PM   #1
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Refinishing wood floor - can i sand over paper?


I've got some paper backing left over from the linoleum they had over it. I got up what I could with the scraper, but I'm at the point where it's starting to gouge the wood and won't take up much more paper. Will the rough grit sandpaper take care of what I have left?

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I've got some paper backing left over from the linoleum they had over it. I got up what I could with the scraper, but I'm at the point where it's starting to gouge the wood and won't take up much more paper. Will the rough grit sandpaper take care of what I have left?
If the glue they used to put down the linoleum is water based, you'll have no real problems. You'll know in short order, because if it's the bad glue, you'll clog even the coursest paper in very short order.

The biggest secret to sanding a floor is to let the paper do the work it's intended to do. 20 grit is for removing varnish, minor carpet backing or minor linoleum remnants. 36 or 40 grit is the actual work horse. It's job is to actually do the wood removal. 60, 80 & 100 grits are the finishing grits. Their job is to smooth the floor.

Couple options for dealing with the stuborn areas of linoleum. Heat gun & putty knife. He will reactivate the glue so you can just scrape it up with the putty knife. Another option, go to Lowes, or somewhere similar & buy a real good paint scraper. You're looking for one with replaceable carbide cutters.

Even if the sander does a good job of removing the linoleum remnants, there's a good chance you'll clog the edger paper. The 2 different rpm's cause different heat buildup with different materials. If you've got one of the options I mentioned above, you can overcome those clogging problems when you get there.

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