Floor Sanding 101 – Part III – Floor Polishing
Once you have completed floor sanding and you have purchased the below items, you are now ready to coat your floor. If you have landed on this page first, please go back and read Floor Sanding 101 Part 1 and Part 2 first. All sections of the floor polishing process are important and this stage is significantly difficult. It requires accuracy and speed. You will require the following items:
- 8 inch roller, handle and pole
- Finishing product
- Bucket or at least paint tray
Ensure that you shake the can thoroughly before pouring the finishing product into the bucket. Check the instructions on the can to determine how much product you require for the coverage area, so you don’t pour out too much waste.
If your product is 2 pack, make sure you pour the hardener in gradually while constantly stirring.
Start the floor polishing process in the corner farthest from the exit door and work back towards the door.
You first step is to cut in from the walls with your brush. You do not want to cover too wide an area as you will want to roll the product onto the rest of the board before the brushed area dries to ensure an even finish.
Once you have cut in you will then dip the roller in the bucket, making sure that it is fully covered with the floor polishing product. Lift it from the bucket and start coating the area you have cut in with the brush.
The roller should be moving along the grain of the wood up and down the boards. Take on about 4 or 5 feet of the boards at a time, as you will find the product gets a bit thin if you take on too much more.
If you are having to press down on the floor with the roller to get the floor polishing product onto the floor then you don’t have a sufficient amount of product on your roller.
While you do not want puddles created on the floor, you at the same time need enough on the roller to form a smooth surface on the boards. If it is too thin the product can dry with an orange peel effect on the surface.
*Tip: When cutting in with the brush across the end of the floorboards, ensure you end at the join of another board. That way even if the edge dries a little it is less noticeable as you coat the floor. This is the same rule for the rolling also. This is an important function of the coating process. Finishing in an incorrect spot will result in noticeable differences in the finish.
Once you have rolled out that first area, continue brushing down the side of the board against the back wall another 4 to 5 feet. Coat that area in keeping with the first area (moving along the boards). Repeat until you are at the end of the room.
In between all floor polishing coats, you should sand with a cut back machine. This machine can be acquired from your Floor Sanding machine supplier. Use 120 grit paper and then vacuum the floor. You will want to complete three coats for the most optimum finish.
Does it all sound like a lot of work? If so, you might prefer the easy option – getting our Brisbane Floor Sanding crew on the job!