Floor preparation, gap filling, sanding and varnishing, machine use, health and safety
We feel that the best way to teach you to sand a floor is to demonstrate the whole process, so we do just that in film, rather than through a series of diagrams and text which can easily be misinterpreted or not fully understood. The film takes you through each step showing you what the floor should look like after each step. The demonstration is carried out on pine floorboards.
Preparation to the floor prior to sanding is very important. It's impossible to correct those early mistakes as you go along because you can't really see them till the varnish goes down. The trouble is, being inexperienced, you wont know, or be able to see, that you are making mistakes, until the varnish goes down.
There are techniques that make the job run smoothly, avoiding nasty scratches and gauges due to incorrect use. See below, these are floors that have been sanded by an inexperienced person.
It costs a fair amount of money to sand a floor. Make sure you know what to do before you start and avoid the mistakes shown in the floors above. Floors sanded this badly have uneven surfaces that are very prone to wear. They hold the dirt and are very difficult to clean. Sanded properly they will come up like the floor below, restored by Peter with Bonakemi water based varnish as the finish. When varnish is correctly applied, a cloth or mop should easily glide across the surface of the floor, there should be no rough areas. If you read through this site or get the download you will avoid the anguish of ending up with floors that you really cannot live with.
PROFFESSIONAL RESTORATION CARRIED OUT BY PETER USING MATT BONAKEMI WATER BASED VARNISH
Knowing how to do the sanding properly saves you money in the long run. Sanding sheets can be very expensive and can easily tear due to incorrect use.
In the film Peter actually sands, varnishes, fills the gaps between the floor boards, explains and shows how to manage the machines, and does small repairs Commentary explains the whole process. So you wont be making those expensive mistakes on your floor.
Your choice of varnish is very important. Some varnishes will eventually turn to a very orangey colour, while others will give off dangerous odors during application. For more details. The varnish we use when sanding your homes is expensive but the finish is absolutely fabulous and does not turn the wood orange. We use Bonakemi Novia, Traffic or Mega varnish, depending on the amount of traffic expected in your home. If you try to save money on something make sure it's not the varnish. Cheap varnishes can give your floor a very orange/yellow finish that gets worse with time and can be problematic on application. You can buy Bonakemi varnishes from this site with next day delivery. It is not available from DIY stores.
It's important your floor is sanded to a high standard, don't cut corners thinking the varnish will cover up mistakes, it's quite the opposite, the varnish shows up the mistakes.
Anyone can make a good job of their floor if they follow our instructions. The running time of the sanding instruction is 16 minutes, and the gap filling demonstration is also 20 minutes, of course you dont have to buy the film or download we have put as much information on this site as we can but we really feel it will help you. Sorry you have to pay for it but it cost us a lot to make and we have to pay monthly charges to store it ready for you to access from the internet.
You'll feel more confident once you've seen it, do a good job, feel proud of your efforts and want to confess to your friends you did it all yourself. But most important of all, if it's well done, it will add to the value of your property and you will have saved money. Enjoy the film it will make floor sanding a lot easier. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Good luck with the floor.
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Emails from satisfied customers
I downloaded both your films last week and found both very informative. I sanded our living room floor about five years ago and I wish I'd seen them both before doing that job. The varnish is now starting to wear in places, so I have decided to sand it again. I didn't fill any gaps last time, because I didn't know of a good way of doing it. Now, thanks to you, I do.
Our floor is now fully sanded and varnished (the second time I have done this job in different houses thanks to yours and Peter's video - excellent results both time). Thanks & Regards, Richard
Peter, I downloaded both your films last week and found both very informative. I sanded our living room floor about five years ago and I wish I'd seen them both before doing that job. The varnish is now starting to wear in places, so I have decided to sand it again. I didn't fill any gaps last time because I didn't know of a good way of doing it. Now, thanks to you, I do.
Hi Peter, Thanks for a great video on Floor sanding and Gapping, excellent confidence builder watching someone actually do it.
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