Nobody minds saving money when it comes to home renovation work. You can try doing that through bargaining down the labor costs. Homeowners prefer to perform the job on their own in an attempt to achieve the same. However, it is not as simple as it sounds and there are many things you will need to bear in mind when taking on DIY timber floor sanding in Sydney. If attention is not given to certain factors, it can lead to unsatisfactory results and poor quality finish. And this will only be revealed either when the final coating has been applied or the job is at its completion stage.
We will highlight those common sanding imperfections starting with chatter marks. You can find these marks more prominent in reflected light in the form of a fine corrugation throughout the floor. The problem arises due to machine vibration and the fact that a poor quality of equipment is available for hire. Keep this in mind that the industrial floor sanding machines used by professionals are not available for hire. These are precision built and balanced for optimum results. However, you can minimize this problem by rotary sanding the floor as your final sand using 100 grit and finally 150 grit papers. These 16 inch diameter rotary machines are readily available for hire and known as ‘Polybags.
Another very common sanding imperfection is ‘stop marks’. This usually happens when you leave the machine stationary while engaging the floor even for a split second. An unskilled operator is likely to make this mistake without knowing the dramatic results it can have on the final outcome. We can’t exactly measure the magnitude of damage but it will mostly depend on the depth of the ‘stop mark’, and in some cases, it can be tremendous. Tongue and groove timber flooring is generally 19 mills meters thick, although there are only four to five mills meters of timber above the actual tongue and groove itself – this is the amount of timber you can safely work with when attempting to level your floor. This sanding imperfection usually occurs when the operator concentrates on a particular isolated uneven area of the floor.
In order to avoid this problem what you can do is to make straight runs of the machine all the way to the wall and commence with more coarse sandpaper to flatten the floor before moving to a finer grade paper. Sanding is just one aspect which can lead to imperfections. There are other components of the project which will also need to be carefully dealt with. Atmospheric dust particles tend to settle in top coats making it a big issue when it comes to D.I.Y handyman. In order to minimize this issue, you will need to perform a thorough cleaning of the floor before coating. Secondly, also make sure to blow away any dust particles that you find on skirting boards and ledges. A beautiful floor will be an attraction of the house and if timber floor sanding in Sydney is done correctly, it can give you the desired results and accentuate the beauty of your living space.