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Refinishing Wood Floors with an Oscillating Sander Instructions

  • Refinish Wood Floors with Oscillating Sander

    Restoring the hardwood floor in a room can be done in a weekend. Plan ahead and have some helpers lined up to move out the furniture in the room. The finished floor will need to cure for a week, so find an out of the way place for the furniture. You will also need to rent sanding equipment, so make sure it is available on the days you plan to tackle this project.

  • Overview

    To complete your project there are a few basic steps that you need to finish. First, clear the room and prepare it for sanding. Then, remove any shoe molding along the walls. Now, begin to sand, and then repeat the sanding process. Finally, apply a stain to the floor, if desired, and finish with a coat of clearcoat.

  • Preparing the Room

    To prepare the room for the project, remove all furniture. There should be nothing left on the floor of the room. Remove pictures and other items hanging on the walls to prevent them from getting dusty. Using small sheets of plastic and masking tape cover all air vents in the room to prevent dust from spreading through the house. Remove any hardware on the floor, such as doorstops. Search the floor for nail heads that are sticking up and sink them with a hammer and nail set.

  • Removing Shoe Molding

    If you have shoe molding or quarter round along the floor and baseboards in the room, you should remove it to get the best sanding results and to avoid damaging this molding with the sander. Use a pry bar and a hammer to carefully pull up the strips of wood. Be careful not to damage it so that you can reinstall it later. Pull all the nails out and store the material in a safe place.

  • Using Coarse Sandpaper

    To use an oscillating sander, start with a coarse piece of sandpaper. Work your way back and forth across the room. Since the sander oscillates, you don’t need to worry about following the grain of the wood. Get as close to the walls as you can. Use the coarse paper until you are all the way down to bare wood and the dents and scratches are mostly gone.

  • Using Meduim & Fine Grit Sandpaper

    Repeat the sanding process with the medium grade of sand paper. To achieve a smooth finished surface, sand the entire room again with the finest grade of sandpaper. Sandpaper can wear out, so you will need several sheets of each grit of sandpaper. Push in a fresh piece when the current piece looses it's bite.

  • Sanding Edges and Corners

    Once the room is sanded, use an edger to get even closer to the walls and into the corners. An edger works well in smaller areas such as narrow hallways, closets and steps.

  • Sanding Hard to Reach Areas

    Any areas that can’t be reached with the edger can be sanded with a small handheld oscillating sander or a piece of sandpaper. Finally vacuum up the room to prepare it for staining and clearcoat.

  • Applying Stain

    If desired, stain the floor to match an adjacent room or to a chosen color. Allow the stain to dry before applying the clearcoat finish.

  • Applying Clearcoat Finish

    Applying the clearcoat finish is a lot like mopping. You should use a lamb’s wool applicator with a handle and a paint tray. Following the direction of the grain, apply a thin, even coat of the finish. Apply 2 or 3 coats of clearcoat, allowing each coat to dry for several hours in between. The final coat should dry for a week before any heavy traffic or before you move the furniture back in the room.

  • Finishing

    The final touch is to reinstall the base molding along the floor.


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