Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding in London
Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding job in London – Ipe is an exotic wood from South America. It is one of the hardest wood on our planet. Therefore, Ipe lapacho wood floor sanding is almost impossible to get absolutely perfect. Maybe thanks to our state of the art equipment or Wojtek :), we have managed to sand it to a scratch-free and beautiful finish, so the client can be over the moon with the result.
Ipe lapacho wood floor sanding is challenging not only because of its hardness. In addition, it may also react oddly with different types of finishes, especially water-based. Therefore, in an ideal world, you supposed to only use with solvent rather than water-based lacquer. These lacquers are horrible for the health of the person while applying it and furthermore, it also has irritating smell even for up to two weeks after work is completed. As a result, when using solvent-based lacquers, you should always notify the neighbours about the smell and risks involved. Obviously follow health and safety regulation and common sense while using those products and always read the label and contact manufacture if needed
Primer for Ipe Lapacho floor
Ipe is so hard that water has difficulty to penetrate it. Due to that fact, if water-based primers are used, it may probably not bring all the colours and it will likely end up with the dull and boring finish. Hence, the only option is a solvent-based primer. It is much more difficult to apply rather than a water-based and requires 2 coats of primer. The end product looks amazing and as a result, you will avoid problems with chemical reaction. The picture shows the difference between freshly sanded floor and with the primer applied.
Lacquers for Ipe Lapacho
As much as solvent-based lacquers should be used, yet we took a chance with water-based. There is a risk of pigments reacting with water-based the lacquer, so test must be carried prior application. While testing one area of the floor, this will not guarantee for the finish to fix properly elsewhere. It is important to clarify this with the client and both sides, client and contractor must agree to take that risk.
Luckily we achieved amazing results with water-based, 2 component lacquer and giving the floor the protection it needs over the years of use. By the reaction of the client, it seems that the choice of this finish was rather better than solvent-based.
So, if you like what you see and would like to have your wooden floors restored, do not hesitate to get in touch for free, no-obligation consultation.
Give us a call on 0208 166 5947.
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