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Refinishing Wide Pine Floors

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:14 am
by mtbgeoffg
A couple of questions have come up when refinishing wide pine floors in a Vermont farmhouse circa 1800.

1. I am using a soy based paint stripper to remove the lead paint safely. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to remove the paint stripper oily residue? Is there a degreaser that works better than plain soap and water? If I let the oily paint stripper residue soak in will I ever get it out?

2. There are 2 layers of wide pine flooring. I am curious to remove the top layer in the upstairs and refinish the original flooring. However, I have convinced myself this is not a good idea as the extra wood may be adding some structural integrity to an already sagging floor. thoughts?