Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Wax on, wax off

Q: My oak floor has a factory wax finish from 1982. Can it be refinished using a polyurethane? How do you know the wax is completely removed?
A: Scrubbing the floor thoroughly with mineral spirits on a nylon abrasive pad and wiping the residue with paper shop towels will remove any surface wax. After that, you can sand back to raw wood and refinish, or go over the existing finish with the product described in yesterday’s blog post.