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?
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.
Amazingly they are in great shape other than the tar paper
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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