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Refinishing Wood Floors with a Drum Sander Instructions

  • Refinishing Wood Floors with a Drum Sander

    Your older home just might contain unexplored treasure. Under the dark finish and all the scuffs and scratches might be a beautiful hardwood floor. Sanding off the old finish with a drum sander gives you a chance to get down to the bare wood and erase many of the scratches and dents. Then you can choose a stain or just put on a clearcoat for a pleasant, warm appearance. With the proper planning and care, you can end up with floors that will actually increase the value of your home.

  • Overview

    Restoring a hardwood floor can be done in a weekend. First, plan ahead by removing trim and molding, protecting against dust and removing furniture and wall hangings. Then sand your floor with a drum sander and an edger or handheld sander. Apply a stain. And follow up with a protective clear coat.

  • Preparation

    You’ve got a dusty job on your hands, so dress for it. Wear eye protection and a dust mask. Move all furniture and cover air vents. Take down wall hangings and close doors or hang plastic sheeting in doorways to keep the rest of the house dust-free. Use a pry bar and hammer to carefully pull up the trim. Then remove such floor hardware as doorstops, and search the floor for nailheads, which you’ll want to sink with a hammer and nail set.

  • Coarse Grade Paper First

    To begin, start with a coarse piece of sandpaper loaded on the drum sander. A drum sander must be used in the direction of the wood grain. Begin in a corner along one wall of the room. Turn on the sander with the drum lifted off the floor. Gently touch the spinning drum to the floor and gradually walk backwards at an even pace, pulling the sander along. Never stop moving with the sander still in contact with the floor or it could leave unsightly grooves.

  • Repeat with Meduim and Fine Grit Paper

    Work you way across the floor, making as many passes in one area as necessary to get down to bare wood. Then start in the opposite corner, sanding the other half of the room. Once you’ve completed this side, use the medium grit sandpaper and repeat the process. Then finish with the finest grit sandpaper grade. Don’t be too concerned with removing all scratches and dents. They add character and appeal to your floor.

  • Finish Sanding

    Once you’re finished with a drum sander, use an edger to get even closer to the walls and into the corners and such hard-to-reach places as narrow hallways, closets and steps. If you can’t reach it with the edger, use a handheld oscillating sander or a piece of sandpaper. Finally, vacuum the room to prepare it for staining and clearcoating.

  • Apply stain

    You can stain the floor to match that of an adjacent room, or choose a color. Follow the directions on the can, and allow the stain to dry thoroughly before applying the clearcoat finish.

  • Apply Clearcoat

    Applying the clearcoat is like mopping. Use a lamb’s wool applicator with a handle and a paint tray. Following the direction of the grain, apply two or three thin coats, allowing each to dry for several hours before applying the next.

  • Final Steps

    The final touch is to reinstall the base molding along the floor. Keep furniture and feet off the floor for one week, and then stand back and admire. Everyone else will.


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