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Old 04-11-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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What is on this HW floor and how can I fix it?


I just bought this fixer-upper house as a rental. Can you tell what is on this antique floor? It's flaking off in very thin chips. I don't want to sand it because it looks like it's been sanded a couple of times before from the dip you can see near the edges.
I would like to recoat it with some "miracle" stuff that will melt whatever's on there now and recoat all in one coat! Does "miracle" stuff exist?
I can't put poly over it because there are so many chips coming off. I read somewhere that if it's shellac, ammonia will melt and "revive" it. Is this true? How could I tell if it's shellac? Help!
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Just guessing but it looks like somebody already used a polyurethane finish on it without sanding prior to coating. Poly sits on top and needs to be scuffed even between coats.
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Can I remove this product without sanding?
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A cabinet scraper and "ELBOW GREASE"

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Should I used some product like paint remover to soften it? When you say cabinet scraper, is this some wide, soft, metal or plastic scraper? The rooms are small so I could easily do it by hand.
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If you decide to use some kind of stripper to softer the finish, try it on a small spot in the corner in case you don't like the results. If that works, go at it. You'll still have to do some sanding afterwards before applying a new finish. The only problem I would have is putting a lot of effort into it because it's a rental property.
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This is one available at Sears, Many more are available at nearly every hardware store. And a little red devil paint and varnish stripper would help, There is still a minimal amount of sanding needed after the finish is stripped, but a simple orbital sander would suffice.

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