Refinishing Hardwood Floors, How To Use A Floor Buffer, Buff And Screen

Refinishing Hardwood Floors, How To Use A Floor Buffer, Buff And Screen

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

How To Use A Floor Buffer

Blending everything Together

Floor buffer: Clean up. before continuing on with refinishing hardwood floors.

Any debris, that accidentally gets caught underneath the screen, of the buffer, can mark or gouge your wood floor.

Then, you will have to resand that area to remove the marks. You’ve done to much, and worked to hard, to have it ruined by a piece of debris. Let’s spend some time to clean.

You want to place a new 120 grit screen on the flooring, then, a white cleaning pad over it, and then the floor buffer.

Becareful, you can seriously injure yourself and others, with this hardwood floor refinishing equipment.

Operating a floor buffer is just a balancing act.

Keep the machine balance. and it will remain where it is.

You simply, shift the weight to direct the hardwood floor refinishing machine. Simple! Easier said, then done.

Do not try and control this machine with just your two arms.

Whether, it’s a 2hp or 1.5hp, the machine will push you right into a wall or corner, resulting in serious injury.

Remember, these are horsepower not human power.

Begin by adjusting the handle to the proper operating height.

You do that by, releasing the lock, near the base, where the shaft meets the motor. Adjust the height of the handle to your waist or just below it, then lock it in place.

When refinishing hardwood floors, if you have a hard time shifting direction or controling the hardwood floor refinishing equipment. Check the lock. to make sure, it’s firmly locked in place.

Starting in the middle of the room. away from windows, and anything that can break.

Place the handle up to your waist. You want to lean your waist right on it.

Don’t be startled by this part.

When refinishing hardwood floors keep two hands on the buffer control, at all times. Squeeze the handle, there maybe a safety button, along with the trigger, you’ll need to push that, too.

There will be a sudden jerk, push or the machine will take off. on you. Don’t panic, just let go of the trigger, not the handle. the buffer will stop.

Take a deep breathe and try it again. Just keep the handle on the waist area and balance the machine in place. The reason why, the machine took off, is because it was out of balance.

How do we keep it in balance?

Simply, center the weight of the motor to the base.

As long as you have the handle resting on your waist, use your body to counter wieght. You can then, use your hands to balance the weight, by raising or lowering the handle, slightly.

Your moving the handle only by 1/4″ up or down. Any more than that, the machine will take off on you. That’s what happened the first time, happens to everyone, including myself. That’s part of learning.

The buffing disc spins clockwise. So lifting the handle will cause it, to go right, and lowering it will make it go left. easy enough.

When you’re buffing your hardwood floors, do a little practicing first, before continuing on this step for refinishing hardwood floors.

Buffing or screening is an important step on refinishing hardwood floors Become good at it, you’ll be using this flooring tool, throughout the rest of the project.

You don’t want to damage or put swirls in your wood floors, before the final coat. While the wood flooring is still bare, take the time to practice.

Any wrong doing can still be fixed at this point. Besides, we need to wear down the screen. for later use.

Got the hang of it!

Screen the wood flooring, moving side to side, slowly. from one wall to the other. Overlapping your passes by half the diameter of the disc.

Screen it lengthwise, then widthwise. That’s it, you’re done, time to clean-up.

Sanding Tip — make your final cut with a 50 or 60 grit on your Drum, Edger and Radiator sander.

Using a 80 grit sanding disc attached to a hardplate on your floor buffer, make your final finish sanding pass. Then clean, dry tack and apply first coat.

Use this method for a natural finish with oil-based polyurethane finishes. For latex use either 100 or 120 grit sanding disc for finish sanding pass.

Now, we’re ready to apply the clean, vacuum, and tack our newly sanded hardwood floors.


When to Use A Floor Buffer

You can use a floor buffer, to do a light sanding pass, when your refinishing hardwood floors. Leave all heavy sanding for drum sander and floor edger.

Use it to buff or screen, in between coats. This will ensure that you have a good bonding surface, for your new wood floor finish. This will also help remove any particles, drips, bubbles, brush marks or any imperfection in your polyurethane wood floor finish.

Need to recoat your wood floors, after years of abuse. This hardwood floor refinishing tool will help you save money, by not having to hire a flooring contractor like myself, to do the job. Although, if you need help or would like to hire me, please contact me.

Also, use a floor buffer to apply floor wax, polishing, apply stain or just clean. Prevent pain in your shoulders, from those dredful hand applications.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and get a floor buffer, start refinishing hardwood floors.

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