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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am trying to refinish some 10+ year old hardwood floors finished with water based Varathane. I've searched for DIY floor sanders and from whaat I can find the Varathane ezV floor sander (it has three sanding disks, (the head rotates I presume) and it has a vacuum bag to catch the dust. Trouble is I cannot find one in the San Diego area so I'm hand sanding across the wood and then using a vibrating sander that uses 1/4 sheet pieces of 60 and 80 grit paper. SLOW and labor intensive. Is there one of these Varathane ezV sanders available in San Diego? At 81 I get tires too soon to do this the hard way. Ed
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Welcome to the forum, Ed.

How big is the area you are sanding? Using a 1/4 sheet sander does seem to be labor intensive and not the way I would go for a floor.

Are there any equipment hire/rental businesses in the area?

This is an example of what we have in Australia..... KENNARDS HIRE - Equipment Hire - AUSTRALIA

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Here is my opinion for what it is worth...hire someone to sand the floor and put the finish on yourself. It will never look right without doing it correctly, and doing it correctly is not an easy job nor a cheap job. The sandpaper alone can cost a few bucks a sheet and you will go through a lot of sheets. Another option would be to use a product called Rejuvenate available on line or at the Home Depot or Lowe's. No sanding is required and it looks pretty good when done.
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At 81 you don't want to be wrestling with a professional grade floor sander!!! They're brutes, and will destroy your floor in a heartbeat if you don't know how to use them properly.
Art is spot on; hire a professional. As a contractor I would never have tried to attack a client's floor myself. The risk of having an unhappy client, and having to replace the floor at my own expense, gave me sober second thought whenever I was tempted to rent a machine. Also, having seen the crappy results others have achieved by DIY reassured me in getting a qualified subtrade to do it. I've never seen an amateur job done that I would have accepted for a client.
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Many Ace Hardware stores nationwide care Varathane and therefore rent the sanders. I see that there are several of these venders in San Diego. Try them.
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Nice Idea! All the best.
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