Using a thicknesser on lacquered floorboards

Postby mkmly » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:21 pm

I would like the surface removed from about 20 sq m of lacquered oak floor I have. Ultimately we want a more natural matt or satin wax/oil finish applied.
I'm thinking maybe passing the lot through a thicknesser/planer beforehand or laying it and using a floor sander after. It's to be laid in 2 bedrooms in 2 stages.
Would the factory applied hard lacquer damage the blades or gum up in a thicknesser?
Which is the quickest/best method?
Any advice or thoughts appreciated.
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Postby Oddbod » Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:25 pm

Hi, I've done worse things to my planer/thicknesser in my time! It won't like it much, and you'll need to resharpen or replace (if disposable) the blades after, but it should do it. Take a little bit more than the thickness of the lacquer off and put new filters in your dust extractor first!

Having said that, a floor sander would easily do the job - albeit at the cost of dust everywhere.

I think I'd go for the floor sander if your other half is out, the thicknesser otherwise!
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