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Posted by Henry in MI on February 3rd, 1999 04:20 PM
In reply to Hardwood Floors by Tricia Haggard on February 3rd, 1999 11:28 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi, Tricia. Good question.

If the floor is in otherwise good shape, you do not have to go with the big rotary sander, etc. You can use something like Citristrip (but that's the best I have found out there) and a putty knife and stripping pad to get the latex paint and old finish off. Nothing will take the paint only off, sorry. Then use a finishing sander and about 100-150 grit paper just to get off any "fuzzies". Vacuum, tack rag and you are ready to finish. This probably will not be quite as good as if you had done the big floor refinishing thing, but should still come out OK. If you have any holes in the floor from tack strip nails or staples from carpet pad, they can be filled with Minwax Wood Filler. This again will probably not exactly match, depending on the kind of wood and color. If it is far off, you might have to do a little staining, just on the wood filler. Use a slightly darker stain color as it will lighten when it dries.
Good luck.
Henry in MI

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