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#3207092 - 03/28/13 08:25 PM Polyurethaning floors
scn
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OK, tomorrow I get to try my hand at putting down polyurthane on the hardwood floor in my den. It was resting nicely under the pretty gross carpet I ripped out a couple of weeks ago. I sandeded and restained where needed, and hope to make it a little more labrador resistant tomorrow with the poly.

I just got back from our Home Depot run with super fast drying Minwax polyurethane, lambswool applicators, tape, and mineral spirits. The instructions I've been given by a buddy that does some of this are:

1. Sweep down the floor
2. Use a towel and mineral spirits to wipe down the floor
3. Pour the poly on the floor and use the lambswool appl. to cover the floor.
4. Let totally dry. He first told me to sand between coats, but then backed off on that and told me to wipe it down and not worry about sanding. The can said no sanding is necessary as well.

Any advice before I do something really dumb (instead of just a little dumb)?
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#3207098 - 03/28/13 08:32 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: scn]
AndyW
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If you don't care, come back and share how well or crappy it went. Ours need it bad and I've been putting it off.
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#3207104 - 03/28/13 08:36 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: AndyW]
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you can not clean the floor enough before applying, been there done that
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#3207137 - 03/28/13 08:59 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: scn]
WG Taxidermist
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 Originally Posted By: scn
OK, tomorrow I get to try my hand at putting down polyurthane on the hardwood floor in my den. It was resting nicely under the pretty gross carpet I ripped out a couple of weeks ago. I sandeded and restained where needed, and hope to make it a little more labrador resistant tomorrow with the poly.

I just got back from our Home Depot run with super fast drying Minwax polyurethane, lambswool applicators, tape, and mineral spirits. The instructions I've been given by a buddy that does some of this are:

1. Sweep down the floor
2. Use a towel and mineral spirits to wipe down the floor
3. Pour the poly on the floor and use the lambswool appl. to cover the floor.
4. Let totally dry. He first told me to sand between coats, but then backed off on that and told me to wipe it down and not worry about sanding. The can said no sanding is necessary as well.

Any advice before I do something really dumb (instead of just a little dumb)?
I wouldn't use a towel to wipe it down unless you want fuzz everywhere! I would use an old white tee shirt and mineral spirits.
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#3207140 - 03/28/13 09:01 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: WG Taxidermist]
scn
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Thanks for the hints. Please keep them coming.

I've got some t-shirts that will fit the bill!
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#3207141 - 03/28/13 09:01 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: Chaneylake]
RatherBeHuntin
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Prepare to have a bad taste in your mouth and heartburn for a couple of days. At least that is what it did to me. But I live in a log home and every floor and wall in it has poly on it and it took about a week to do it all.
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#3207181 - 03/28/13 09:30 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: RatherBeHuntin]
KANATI McD
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Whatever you do, be sure to cut off all open flames. My cousin was doing a floor and forgot about gas water heater. When the gas water heater came on to heat the water, the whole house burnt to the ground and he spent 6 months in the med. His friend wasnt so lucky..
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#3207250 - 03/28/13 10:25 PM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: KANATI McD]
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i have always sanded between coats
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#3207317 - 03/29/13 12:38 AM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: scn]
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If that poly is really fast drying. You are going to have to put it down fast to avoid marring up the finish. Good luck.
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#3207325 - 03/29/13 12:58 AM Re: Polyurethaning floors [Re: Rob R.]
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For the hard wood floor here. We sand and last time actually stripped the wood (I remember the stripping well, cause I accidently stepped on a small puddle that was left...oh my the burning sting). Then we just put down the poly like putting paint on the wall, and it turned out well (we are far from professionals of course)...that's been a few years, and it may be time to do it again now that you got me thinking about it.

By the way, you will have that smell linger with you, cause I remember smelling it still while at school for the whole day.

Good luck though.
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