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    Floor finishing

    A new adventure here. We just stripped the carpet off one of the downstairs rooms. There is quite old unfinished fir flooring. The adjoining living room had more vertical grain. This seems to have more flat sawn. It does have a sub floor under it. The room is about 12x24. I've put down plenty of wood flooring but have not done the finish and most of that work was many years ago. The condition of the floor is quite good as it had linoleum over it which had not been glued down. There are some water marks on one corner, but the floor is good there. I will rent a RO floor sander and edger. What grit should these be finished to? What finishing process would you suggest and what materials?

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    There was a thread not too long ago, where I recommended renting a Varathane RO floor sander. See if you can find that thread. He ended up following my recommendation, and I think it worked out pretty good. I believe his was a Fir floor too.

    Lowes rents those machines around here. You don't need an edger with one of those, and it's hard to screw up a floor.

    Go through all the grits. Don't skip one. They come in packages of a few, and tell how many you need per size of floor. If Lowes has this setup where you are, buy plenty of sanding disks, and simply return any leftovers.

    I would buy floor finish from a dedicated floor finishing supplier. I'd use the Bona of your choice. You just flood it on, and push it around with a squeegee type applicator. The floor finish supplier will sell those too. I use those applicators right up to the edge, but haven't seen a youtube video of anyone else doing so. There are plenty of videos available. Just search Bona Floor finishing youtube.

    Here's what the machine looks like, and packages of disks: https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-20.../dp/B0078IUXO0

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    Good advice

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    Thanks for the info. I did spend an hour on the Bona site and look forward to getting this done. I've checked out the local rental places and will get down to the Depot/Lowe's stores as well. First I have to empty the room and get all the furniture someplace to do this. Onward through the fog!

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