Floor Sanding Methods

THE BASIC METHOD SANDING/SEALING PINE BOARDS


STEP 1
The floor is cleared of all remaining carpet and gripper rods and at this point we carry out any repairs or replacements to the floor.


STEP 2
Once the repairs are done we then go across the floor taking out any nails or staples which are sticking out and bang down any loose boards.
 

STEP 3
The dust free sanding machines are then brought out and our team start sanding the floor down through the grades starting with a cores 24 grit belt taking out any cupping of the boards and levelling the entire floor. This process continues through the grades 40, 60 and then 80.
 

STEP 4
Now edging around the floor begins, starting with 24 grit leading up to 80 grit the same as the main floor
 

STEP 5
Now using the saw dust from the 80 grit sand we mix it with apoxy resin to make up a filler matched to your floor to fill any minor gaps, cracks or holes etc .
Optionally, we can fill all the gaps in the floor boards up to 6mm using this method. Anything over 6mm we can fill using other methods and as a last resort we can re-align the boards and put in a reclaimed board to take up the slack.
 

STEP 6
Once the filler is dry we sand the floor and edges using 100 grit to sand and remove any filler. Finally, using 120 grit, we sand the floor and edges to a smooth finish. We then sand down the corners to 120 finish using a corner sander. When all of this is done we give the floor and surrounding areas a good vacuum at least twice.
 

STEP 7 (optional)
IF REQUIRED THE FLOOR CAN BE STAINED. WORKING ALONG TWO BOARDS AT A TIME, STAIN IS APPLIED WITH A CLOTH OR A BRUSH UNTIL THE FLOOR IS COMPLETELY COVERED, OR WE USE A BUFFER MACHINE, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE ROOM. THE STAIN TAKES ABOUT 30-60 MINUTES TO DRY BEFORE THE FIRST COAT OF SEAL CAN BE APPLIED.
 

STEP 8
Lacquer is applied with a short haired roller, 1 coat at a time for 3 coats. After the first coat the floor may need lightly sanding with a finishing sander due to grain raise . Once the final coat is applied the floor can have light traffic after 2-3 hours. Furniture can go back after 12-24 hours. We will advise you .

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