Has anyone who reads this blog ever refinished hardwood floors themselves? Is there some special trick to it when using an oil-based varathane?
We still haven't figured out what those names were that showed up as we sanded away the top couple of layers of varathane that were previously on the floor.
However - no more names showed up once we put down our own first layer of varathane either. Not in that room anyway. There's still another room to sand so we might come across a few more surprises. This barn/house is over 100 years old and I expect that there is quite a bit of history gathered inside these walls over all those years.
Meanwhile - when we put down the second coat of varathane - it bubbled everywhere and we had to wait 12 hours before we could go in and sand it down. Then we put on our third layer, it bubbled too - just not as much.
Sam has gone off to town to ask the people who are supposed to know - ie - the people at the paint department in Home Depot. I'm going to be quite interested to see what he says when he gets back.
The smell from the oil-based varathane is unbelievable! It burns the eyeballs and drains away any strength one might have - even with masks on.
What Sam and I have been doing to resuscitate ourselves afterward is looking at the whitewater videos that my brother has posted over on his blog - In Otter Words. They are great for a smile and boost our spirits knowing that we have another summer of rafting ahead of us.
So once more I'm suggesting you go over to In Otter Words and give yourself a smile as you listen to the screaming of excited (or terrified) rafters. It truly is so much fun!
Meanwhile - I'll get back to work.