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What is on my floors???

Posted by PAnarns (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 19, 11 at 10:09

I live in a home built in 1923. The beautiful hemlock floors (as well as many other places including the wooden doors) have a coating on them that I am having a horrid time removing. The top layer is a light brown with a layer of white underneath - it looks like paint, however, if you try to sand it, it gets very gummy and sticky and then hardens. I have gone through many sheets of sandpaper trying to remove this. If you use a stripper it again turns very gooey and is a mess to try and scrape off. It never comes off entirely and forms a very hard substance when trying to scrape. I cannot find anyone to tell me what this is? Is it an old type of paint, varnish or shellac?? I just want it gone!!! Help!


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RE: What is on my floors???

I think you have two extra-thick layers: white paint covered by the brown which from the description is some sort of varnish.

The key with the stripper is to be patient, use a gel and give it time to work, then scrape. Re-apply the stripper as needed.


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