• Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding
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Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding in London

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding job in London – Ipe is 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 scratch free and beautiful finish, so 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 ideal world you supposed to only use with solvent rather then water based lacquer. Those lacquers are horrible for 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 dull and boring finish. Hence, the only option is solvent based primer. It is much more difficult to apply rather then water base and requires 2 coats of primer. End product looks amazing and as a result, you will avoid problems with chemical reaction . Picture shows 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 then 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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