Floor Enigma

Before Stripping After Stripping I’m work­ing on re­fin­ish­ing the floor in what will be my mas­ter bed­room once the floor is re­fin­ished. And oth­er sundry stuff tak­en care of as well. Anyway, the re­fin­ish­ing was go­ing fine un­til I hit this strange spot where the strip­per re­fus­es to work. It won’t soft­en the paint or any­thing. I put up a ques­tion on Ask MetaFilter and while peo­ple are giv­ing me oth­er ad­vice, no one re­al­ly has a clue why this could be hap­pen­ing. The pho­tos above il­lus­trate what I’m talk­ing about. The un­strip­pable area seems to be smack dab in the cen­ter of the room. Confounding. Looks like I’m go­ing to have to use el­bow grease to get rid of that paint. That’s cer­tain­ly a mess wait­ing to hap­pen.

[Update] It ap­pears that the sec­tion that would not strip is paint over un­treat­ed wood. Thus, the strip­per was soak­ing through the paint and lift­ing up the var­nish on the easy to strip por­tions. Since the paint was on top of this it came right up. On the un­var­nished por­tion the strip­per must have just soaked right in­to the wood. My guess is that there was a rug on the floor in the cen­ter of the room orig­i­nal­ly and they just chose to var­nish the ex­posed wood. Halfasses.

5 thoughts on “Floor Enigma

  1. Adam–
    Without see­ing this I am not sure but this looks like the stuff we had on our kitchen floor.
    Did you strip off linoleum? Our son-in-law found that the stuff he couldn’t get off with any of the com­mer­cial stuff was ac­tu­al­ly wa­ter sol­u­ble. The on­ly thing he had to wor­ry about was get­ting every­thing to wet. He wet it down and it soaked in­to the stuff and then he could scrape it off with a put­ty knife. It was ex­treme­ly messy and gunky but it worked.

    Depending on the age of the house and the pat­tern of the linoleum you might be able to re­search what they used as the stick um.

    Good luck. It sure is fun to watch the progress on your new home.


  2. That isn’t linoleum, it is just paint, it match­es the rest of the floor­ing per­fect­ly. That’s why I can’t fig­ure out why it won’t come up with strip­per. In the din­ing room, where there was linoleum on the floor­ing, I’ve been us­ing the wa­ter method, but it leaks in­to my base­ment and I’m get­ting tired of wash­ing my wash­ing ma­chine. 🙂

  3. I do hope you are tak­ing lead pre­cau­tions as this paint is un­doubt­ed­ly lead-based. That might al­so be part of the prob­lem with the un­treat­ed wood. The lead based paint re­al­ly ad­heres to un­treat­ed wood. I’ve seen a few barns that haven’t been paint­ed in 20+ years be­cause the lead paint holds up so well. I guess that is why they used that nasty stuff for a paint ad­di­tive.

  4. That’s why I’ve been avoid­ing sand­ing it and wear­ing a HEPA mask. I don’t know what oth­er pre­cau­tions to take. Thankfully I don’t have any chil­dren around to wor­ry about.

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