Asked by: Janee Yuzgin
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Can old pine floors be refinished?

Last Updated: 24th May, 2020

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Most pine flooring (and pine steps) can be sanded and refinished. Refinishing pine floors is more challenging than sanding oak floors as the wood is softer. This is definitely a job best left to the professionals. There are multiple species with varying hardnesses, each requiring different grits.

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Accordingly, how do you refinish a pine floor without sanding?

How To Refinish a Wooden Floor Without Sanding (under 1 hour)

  1. You may otherwise be on a budget and just want to spruce up your floor.
  2. Clean your floor.
  3. Identify whether your floor has been finished with an oil or a lacquer based product.
  4. Lightly abrade (sand) the surface of your floor.
  5. Vacuum the floor.

Secondly, how do you refinish a 100 year old floor? Refinishing 100 (plus) year-old hardwood floors

  1. Step 1 // prep. Empty the room and prepare for dust onslaught.
  2. Step 2 // drum sander. We started sanding with a drum sander because our floors had a lot of layers to remove.
  3. Step 3 // clean the dust.
  4. Step 4 // fill.
  5. Step 5 // orbital sanders.
  6. Step 6 // clean.
  7. Step 7 // stain (optional)
  8. Step 8 // first poly coat.

Similarly one may ask, how much does it cost to refinish a pine floor?

Homeowners spend $1,550 on average, or between $990 to $2,110 to refinish their hardwood floors. Depending on the condition of the wood, you can expect to pay between $3 to $5 per square foot with 80% of your costs attributed to labor. Get free estimates from hardwood floor refinishers near you.

Is it worth refinishing pine floors?

Refinishing pine floors is more challenging than sanding oak floors as the wood is softer. This is definitely a job best left to the professionals. This is definitely not something to attempt if you have never refinished wood floors before.

Related Question Answers

Sogues Majdoubi

Professional

How do you paint old pine wood floors?

How To Paint Wood Floors
  1. Step 1: Rough Surface: Using a square pad sander (or by hand), rough up the finish on the floor with 150-grit sandpaper.
  2. Step 2: Clean Floor: Thoroughly vacuum and damp-mop the floors, to remove all the dust.
  3. Step 3: Apply First Coat: Using a brush or roller, apply the first thin coat of floor paint.

Abdelmoumen Messenger

Explainer

What is the best finish for pine floors?

Although in my opinion 4 coats of satin polyurethane makes the very best finish for a pine floor, there are many alternatives. The most natural (but least water resistant) film finish is shellac. For you purposes at least 5-6 coats of shellac can be brushed or rolled on to a well sanded pine floor.

Luetta Peeters

Explainer

How do you deep clean pine floors?

Cleaning the floor is simple. It's really just a three step process:
  1. Vacuum, sweep or use a dust mop on the floors.
  2. Mist with Power Plus Bona hardwood floor deep cleaner.
  3. Clean with the Power Plus cleaning pad, be sure to rinse the pad often to avoid streaking.

Kandis Muhlhausen

Explainer

How do you polyurethane pine floors?

Sand the floor with 120-grit sandpaper once the floor is completely dry and the surface hard -- typically 24 hours or more. Wipe up the sanding dust with a damp mop and reapply the polyurethane. Two coats of polyurethane, sanded between, is generally the ideal. Replace baseboards and furniture to complete.

Abdennour Cerdeiras

Pundit

How do you refurbish old hardwood floors?

Refinishing Wood Floors | 7 Easy Steps
  1. Empty the room.
  2. Make any necessary repairs.
  3. Clean the floor.
  4. Allow the floor to dry.
  5. Gently scuff the old finish.
  6. Vacuum the dust.
  7. Apply your chosen finish.
  8. Additional References for Refinishing Wood Floors.

Abdelfatah Zilber

Pundit

Can you refinish a floor without sanding?

It may be over-sanded, or it may have a veneer that's too thin to sand. Luckily, you have options other than leaving the floor as it is or replacing it. There are many options for refinishing an old wood floor. The best way to refinish wood floors without sanding is to use a technique called screen and recoat.

Whitley Hensge

Pundit

Can I paint my wood floors without sanding them?

Old hardwood may have already been refinished multiple times, resulting in a floor too thin to survive another sanding. Because painting doesn't require that deep sanding, you can keep your floors rather than replace or cover them. An opaque coating can mitigate other common problems in older homes.

Dioulde Vaitsehovsky

Pundit

What is the difference between Bona Traffic and Bona Traffic HD?

The primary difference between these products is that Bona Traffic HD produces a tougher finish. In the Traffic HD literature, Bona says it “significantly outperforms all urethane finishes, including Bona Traffic.” Traffic HD also has a slightly lower 150 VOC score compared to Traffic's 210 score.

Dalmira Boiroo

Teacher

Can I apply polyurethane without sanding?

Not only does polyurethane not need thinning or a special product to create a better bond to the wood, but it also sands easily on its own without clogging sandpaper. This myth is somewhat complicated. Polyurethane dries slowly, so there are always dust nibs that should be sanded out before the next coat is applied.

Everton Landaeche

Teacher

Can you refinish floors one room at a time?

Refinishing your hardwood floors can be done one room at a time just like you said! It's actually easier that way, considering it's sometimes difficult to move furniture and your personal items during the refinishing. Measure out your spaces to ensure you'll have enough stain, polyurethane, and materials for each room.

Macrino Brandmuller

Teacher

Do you sand the final coat of polyurethane?

No, you don't sand the final coat. You make sure you either spray it, or lay it on nice and even. Sand the previous coats to make sure there is a perfectly flat and even base for the final coat.

Jilali Podsevalov

Teacher

Does Pine darken over time?

Typically, pine is the cheapest lumber you can buy and its light color can make it seem like a blank canvas. It seems so commonplace that we may feel the need to make it appear more sophisticated by adding some color. Keep in mind, like all woods, pine will also darken over time to a rich yellowish hue.

Gillen Leijalde

Reviewer

How do you get old paint off of pine floors?

Re: Removing Paint From Pine Floors
If it's just that floor that you need to do, use paint-stripper followed by sanding Kevin mentioned. Pine floors sand REALLY fast with a drum sander, so no need to start with the course grit. Go slow, and don't take off too much at a time.

Tommie Feixa

Reviewer

Is Bona Traffic a polyurethane?

While Bona Traffic and HD are polyurethanes, the formula is different enough that you can't repair scratches in Bona Traffic with other polyurethane products.

Abib Santa Coloma

Reviewer

Is it cheaper to refinish or replace hardwood floors?

In general, it will almost ALWAYS be less expensive to refinish your hardwood floors. If you replace them, you need to pay for additional wood as well as ripping up and hauling away existing hardwood. Even if you have this, it will still be less expensive then replacing the whole floor.

Sopio Mixner

Reviewer

Can I refinish my own hardwood floors?

Hardwood floor refinishing is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project. You may need to use some rented machines for sanding the wood floors, applying stain and adding a protective wood finish to make your hardwood floors look shiny and new again. If you're curious about how to refinish hardwood floors, keep reading.

Ubay Culleres

Supporter

How much does it cost to sand and refinish a hardwood floor?

To completely refinish a hardwood floor—including sanding down the top layer to bare wood, then applying several coats of new finish like polyurethane—expect to pay flooring professionals $1.50 to $4 per square foot, or $340 to $900 for a 15-by-15-foot room.

Orest Brooks

Supporter

How do you redo a pine floor?

A high-heeled shoe is capable of wreaking havoc on this kind of surface.
  1. Patience. Refinishing a pine floor is an act of patience.
  2. Sand with the Utmost Care. The initial step, and the most critical, in refinishing any floor is sanding.
  3. Use Oil-based Polyurethane Finish.
  4. Use Hardening Varnish.

Werner Preuhs

Supporter

What is the most popular wood floor color?

2020 Hardwood Floor Stain and Color Trends
  • Dark and cool toned hardwoods. Yes, the trend towards darker colors keeps growing and growing.
  • Gray and gray blends (including charcoals, greiges and brown/grays) Yes, gray, gray and more gray.
  • Light, natural and muted.
  • Whitewashed and lightly whitewashed floors.