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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