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.