Refinishing A Hardwood Floor

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You do need to be careful withrepparttar sander as it is self propelled. When you first start it up, make sure you hold on firmly. Donít be afraid ofrepparttar 143894 machine but make sure you maintain complete control. Relax, after a few spins, it may even start to seem like fun.

Afterrepparttar 143895 old finish is removed, you need to applyrepparttar 143896 stain and new finish. Think of this asrepparttar 143897 same as doing your nails Ė first you removerepparttar 143898 old finish, then basecoat, color and topcoat. Sometimes you donít want color on your nails so you skip that part. In your floor you might also skip that part (the stain) but you still want to use a finish to protectrepparttar 143899 floor.

When selecting a finish you can pick from an oil based or polyurethane (water based) finish. When selecting an oil based finish you will need to decide if you want a satin, gloss or semi gloss finish. Itís probably best for you to use satin on a hardwood floor as it will help hide any flaws inrepparttar 143900 wood and is much more pleasing then a bright shine Using oil based finish is better for wood floors as it casts a warm amber glow. Water based, onrepparttar 143901 other had dries quicker and resists yellowing.

No matter which you choose, you must let each coat dry before putting downrepparttar 143902 next coat. Think back torepparttar 143903 nail polish analogy! Followrepparttar 143904 manufacturers instructions onrepparttar 143905 finish before you occupyrepparttar 143906 room again. Usually you can move your furniture back in after about 24 hours.

As you can see,repparttar 143907 task of refinishing your floors need not be overwhelming. Think of it as giving your room a manicure. Take it one step at a time and use care inrepparttar 143908 process and you can have a great looking floor and save yourself almost $1000 to boot!

Lee Dobbins is a contributing writer for home improvement resources such as http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com. Visit our site and see how you can refinish your hardwood floor: http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com/Solid-Hardwood-Floor.html


Get New Floors And Save A Bundle When You Do It Yourself

Written by Lee Dobbins


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Afterrepparttar old finish is removed, you need to applyrepparttar 143893 stain and new finish. Think of this asrepparttar 143894 same as doing your nails Ė first you removerepparttar 143895 old finish, then basecoat, color and topcoat. Sometimes you donít want color on your nails so you skip that part. In your floor you might also skip that part (the stain) but you still want to use a finish to protectrepparttar 143896 floor.

When it comes torepparttar 143897 finish you have 2 choices Ė oil based or water based. Oil-based is available in a satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish. Satin works well on a hardwood floor because it will bring outrepparttar 143898 natural glow ofrepparttar 143899 wood without too much of a shine as well as help hide any flaws. Oil-based also produces a warm amber look that gives yourepparttar 143900 traditional glow of wood floors. Water-based polyurethane dries clear and resists yellowing. Water-based also dries quicker.

Either way, make sure you let each coat dry thoroughly before applyingrepparttar 143901 next. Followrepparttar 143902 manufacturers instructions onrepparttar 143903 product for drying times. Give your floor at least 24-36 hours before moving furniture back on it. It will continue to harden inrepparttar 143904 first couple of weeks.

Refinishing your floor is simply a set of tasks which can be done easily if you take them one step of a time. Your flooring can get a whole new look for less when you refinish it yourself Ė youíll save over 80 percent ofrepparttar 143905 cost.

Lee Dobbins is a contributing writer for home improvement resources such as http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com. Visit our site and see how you can refinish your hardwood floor: http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com/Do-It-Yourself-Hardwood-Floor-Refinishing.html


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