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I'm in the process of refinishing my floors in my nearly 100 yr old home. Besides varnish, a couple rooms have about 12" border that has been painted. Is it best to use paint stripper first or will sanding remove everything? Thank you

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I'm in the process of refinishing my floors in my nearly 100 yr old home. Besides varnish, a couple rooms have about 12" border that has been painted. Is it best to use paint stripper first or will sanding remove everything? Thank you
Whatever you do, test a small area first..... I bet it's hiding something.

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Yes... I read this and couldn't help but chuckle at myself. My first floor is all hardwood, but the living room was carpeted. I pulled it up around the edges, looked okay underneath. Put that on the back burner til painting was done. Built in drop cloth!
Carpet removal day came, and Surprise! The hardwood stopped about 24" in from each wall, where the plywood began. About 12' x 8' of my nice big living room floor was replaced with plywood. Grrrr. Oh the stories this place could tell.
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You can try using Multi Strip from Back to Nature Products. This product is environmentally friendly and can remove up to 15 layers of paint and varnish in one application. You can brush, roll or spray this product and it cleans up with water.
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Yes... I read this and couldn't help but chuckle at myself. My first floor is all hardwood, but the living room was carpeted. I pulled it up around the edges, looked okay underneath. Put that on the back burner til painting was done. Built in drop cloth!
Carpet removal day came, and Surprise! The hardwood stopped about 24" in from each wall, where the plywood began. About 12' x 8' of my nice big living room floor was replaced with plywood. Grrrr. Oh the stories this place could tell.

It's a used car salesman thing.... decals, two toned paint, etc. All used to hide something......
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I'm a mechanic at a dealership, so that's extra funny to me ;-). Used car salesmen...cripes.
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I'm a mechanic at a dealership, so that's extra funny to me ;-). Used car salesmen...cripes.
My husband's grandfather sold used cars for a while. We went to visit one time in our well worn volvo 240 (at the time 12 years old). While we slept in.... he painstakingly painted a piece of 3/4 inch wide masking tape silver and used it to 'fix' a piece of missing chrome trim.

Swear to god, from 15 feet you couldn't tell.
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That's awesome! I see that stuff a LOT. We don't have mandatory safety or emission testing up here so some of the vehicles we get in have really 'interesting' modifications. Wipers operated by 2 pull strings continue to be my favorite tho. Our old house has tons of odd cover ups as well. Some of them make me laugh.
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Thank you for all the comments. Yes, this house has been full of surprises. Wallpaper on the ceiling, layers on the wall then covered with paint! And all sorts of fancy woodwork, especially in the basement.
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That's something I haven't seen... Woodwork in the basement. Post some pics if you can. Love to see it. I know what you mean about the 5 layers of wallpaper covered by 5 layers of paint. That's my kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms.
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FYI, if your plan is to stain the floor you need to be sure you get every trace of the paint out of the wood grain. I stripped down several old solid wood five panel doors several years ago that had layers of old paint. It was only as I stained them that it became very obvious there was still traces of paint in the grain.

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