Q. How do I remove the finish from Armstrong VCT?
A. Multi-layers of finish or an underlayment of sealer can be difficult to remove. Assuming the stripper you chose is a highly active and a powerful commercial product, you may need to repeat the operation three times. Here are some tips: mix the stripper at the lowest recommended concentration ratio, apply the stripper extra heavy, allow longer dwell times, and use a build-up removal or high production strip pad.
You may need to hand scrape some areas, but you have one other option. If repeated attempts are unsuccessful, there could be permanent sealer on the floor. When you apply your first heavy rinse to the floor, closely inspect it for any color variations or uneven ridges. If the freshly rinsed floor appears immaculate (zero ridges and zero discoloration), it will look the same after applying about four coats of finish.
Of course you want to reduce the amount of stripping required by regular maintenance including scrubbing floor and top coating. You may also want to test other stripping products available from local Jan/San suppliers.
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