Sanding & Polishing Process


The Sanding and Polishing Process

  • We punch nails down below the surface of the floorboards before any sanding starts.
  • The floor is then sanded with a coarse grade of sandpaper. This levels the floorboard of any lips and removes any previous coatings or stains.
  • The large sanding machine cannot reach close to the skirting boards therefore this area is sanded by a smaller "edging" machine. We then sand again with a medium grade paper, following which the whole floor surface is vacuumed and the nail holes filled with a wood filler, colour matched to your particular wood species.
  • We then fine sand after the filler has dried. This removes any excess filler and smoothes the floor surface in preparation for a final buff with a superfine paper ensuring the surface grain is closed and all traces of the previous coarse sandings are removed.
  • The entire surface is vacuumed and prepared to receive the finish coatings.
  • At the completion of sanding a fast drying coat of finish is applied. Once this coat has dried (approximately 1 hour) a second coat is applied and left to dry overnight. The third and final coat is then applied. After a minimum of 24 hours the floor may be subjected to light foot traffic. The floor should be left for a minimum of 48 hours to dry before heavy foot traffic and furniture replaced (placed down and not dragged).

 

Be Aware Of

  • Any silicone on the floor will cause rejection of following coats of Polyurethane.            
  • Halogen downlights create a cobweb effect on the coatings.
  • The "edger" machine may cause slight markings on  the skirting boards which is why we recommend you leave painting of skirtings until after the floors are finished.
  • You will likely get some variation in colour and grain  between the new and old boards.

 

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