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        I am refinishing my 1918 hardwood floors. There were several layers on top but the one just above was tar paper. The tarpaper is stuck in places. I don't want to sand down to bare wood because I love the color, any suggestions?
         
        Posts: 2 | Registered: Apr 15, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Just bite the bullet and get them refinished. You're not going to get old tar paper completely out. Plus, there are bound to be years worth of surface damage.

        Make a note of the color, sand the floors down to remove all the surface problems, stain back to color and refinish. You'll have a beautiful floor.

        Oh yeah - hire this out. You'll get a much better looking floor at a cheaper price than renting the equipment needed to do it yourself.


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        Posts: 10452 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Amazingly they are in great shape other than the tar paper Frown
         
        Posts: 2 | Registered: Apr 15, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        typically if the overfloors were installed to meet current-taste and not to hide a failure, the underlying hardwood is going to be fine. a pro will sand it down, perhaps go over again with medium-fine belts, and finish it beautifully. depends on whether the tarpaper goo comes off cleanly without going to riot-gear grade belts.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
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