Stripping an early 19th century wood floor - your tips and tricks, please.
February 12, 2010 7:51 AM Subscribe
Stripping paint and varnish off a hardwood floor; your best practices?
posted by minervous to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am going to be stripping the 200 year old pine floors in my house this weekend. They've got 3 to 5 layers of paint (at least one layer is lead-based).
After some research and testing, I've settled on using this soy gel stuff. My little 5 x 5 inch test patch worked out well and the process - put on a thick coat, lay plastic down, wait 12 hours, remove gel & paint with scraper, put gloop in trash, wash floor clean - was not too onerous.
But that was a test patch. So help me, I'm doing a whole house. If you've stripped your floors (with this gel stuff or anything else), what can you tell me that you'd wish you had known?
Bonus question: After the floors are stripped and cleaned, what sandpaper (or series of sandpapers) should I use to get a smooth finish? (Assume for the moment that I won't be putting down a new finish on the floor, but leaving it bare.)