VCT Question

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  1. Willy P
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    And keep on believing that cupcake - I made $690 yesterday buffing for 4 hours, and another $625 for 3 hours buffing tomorrow. A job I do every summer is $3600 for 2 eight hour days.

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    Thanks to everyone who has hung in there and is trying to help. I appreciate it. Church called back and changed their story. Not sure what was used as a finish or the last time it was done. So I have learned from you folks that it is best not to mix finishes and therefore I will strip it and put my own finish on it.
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    Buy a good heavy bottle, Matthew. That stuff from Lowes is “18 coats and done!”
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    Find out what percentage of solids is in the wax. 25% is usually pretty good.
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    Thanks again for all the help fellas! The job got done today.
    IMG_20180416_092328239.jpg IMG_20180416_092359329.jpg IMG_20180416_092408113.jpg IMG_20180416_181821521.jpg IMG_20180416_181924343.jpg IMG_20180416_181934812.jpg
    With all the time and effort I put in I was expecting a brand new floor. I could not get all the old wax up. I kept scraping and scrubbing and it was a no go in some places. It looks better though and I learned a lot.

    One problem I have... I got sloppy at the end and I got stripper under my tape/drop cloth. I didn't realize it and about 2 hours went by before I pulled up the tape. This is what it looks like. IMG_20180416_181759415_LL.jpg
    Is there anything I can do for that without making it worse? Or should I try to find someone who can fix it for me? Is that "quarry tile"?
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    They're all a learning curve if following someone elses work :biggrin:

    sometimes less stripper is more on a stubborn stripping job, mix below max dilution ratios so the old finish can mix/lift more easily and rely on dwell time with agitation

    looks like there is possibly a topical on that tile?
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    It will mostly buff out with a high speed buffer, 1000 rpm +, spritz with water in a spray bottle, 3M 3300 natural grey pad.
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    if you dont have a highspeed and it doesn't buff out with a slow speed
    I'd mix a light mix of the stripper you used and apply ONLY to the tiles that look different.
    Not much dwell time, rinse it off your not trying to truly strip just make it look more even then buff up. The individual tiles can sometimes hide that some don't quite match the rest and they even out in time
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    Yes those tiles are very shiny in the light. The bulb was burnt out above.
    That's good to hear! I bought an electric UHS to burnish this floor. I just need to get the pads.
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    If it was only water that went under the plastic, the finish will reharden and you can buff it out. If it was stripper that went under the plastic it will still reharden but will turn brown. If they are wanting a shine on that tile they should have it honed. Especially if it is in a kitchen, the cleaners they use on the floors in a kitchen will kill any shine from a finish. Nice job on the VCT.
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    Thanks brotha.
    This area is right outside the kitchen and an entry as well. It was stripper that went under the plastic. In your opinion is it worth it to try and burnish? If not I found a couple guys that can hone it.
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    No. You will end up dusting the kitchen and everything in the room. The edges of the tile will catch the pad loosen any dust in it and the adhesion the finish is already comprised. To hone it, the finish will need to removed first.
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    No. Just spritz a mist of water and buff with a CLEAN horsehair blend natural 3M 3300.

    Much ado about nothing. Floor will shine -sky won't fall.
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