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May 17, 2010 12:49 AM Subscribe
How should I refinish my doug fir floors for maximum durability?
posted by fshgrl to home & garden (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've decided to refinish my doug fir T&G floors. Technically they were never finished to start with but by the time I scrape 60 years of dirt, linoleum, carpet bits and assorted mastics off of them they are going to need the whole sanding, sealing and finishing process. I refinished the closet floors for practice by sanding them 30-220 then sealing and staining with 3 layers of Minwax Satin finish oil based polyurethane and they look nice but it's obvious they wouldn't stand up to much abuse. I'm looking for advice, recommendations, products etc that will make my floors more durable and keep my from weeping with frustration too much during the process!
A few points for consideration:
- I will be renting a 20" orbital pad sander instead of a drum sander to try and avoid putting gouges in the floor during the sanding process
- I'm not going for perfectly smooth and new looking, they are old floors and have some wear and discoloration and that's fine
- but no splinters!
- No major existing damage but there are some pretty good dings in the floor in a couple places and some old wear grooves in the living room. The rooms that were covered by linoleum look practically new
- floors are currently filthy with ground in dirt because the former owners were walking around on bare wood for a couple years.
- 600 ish square feet, living room, kitchen (I know, I know) and hallways.
- the front door opens directly onto the wood floors and we get a lot of snow and rain so I'm worried about water damage
- central air heat, house is very dry most of the year
- I have a big dog with big gigantic feet and claws and a tendency to carry heavy things around and drop them.
- people are going to be walking on my floors in shoes sometimes just because it is the main floor, can't be helped
- I have a sandy yard so sand gets tracked in here a lot
- some areas get a LOT of direct sun
- I would prefer not to stain it because the natural color of the wood in the closets is really pretty.
- had the mastic tested, not asbestos. Not even really glue, probably some kind of "tar" according to the contractor. It's 1960s vintage, is black, has no odor at all and sands off easily but gums up sand paper something wicked. It sometimes attaches to things placed on the floor and peels off cleanly from an entire area, water accelerates this process. Mystery substance, basically.
- I have access to every power tool and attachment known to man via friends.
- I am somewhat handy but not too much. Simple descriptions are good. Descriptions that assume I have never seen a wood floor before are probably better.
- would prefer non shiny finish but realize that might not be a good idea.
I have received a fair bit of advice already but before I embark on this adventure I would really like to hear from some more folks who've refinished their own floors, in particular about discoloration related to removing the existing goop and to making soft floors like fir more durable.