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    Default Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    We hired a contractor to replacing trim and some walls in my old 1950 house (we just moved in). He put down brown paper on the floors w/ blue painters tape at the baseboard area and masking tape everywhere else. When we removed the masking tape it pulled the finish right off the floors - blue painters tape did not remove the finish! The finish (whatever it was) was stuck to the masking beige-colored tape! I now have zebra striped floors. I should mention that the floors in every single room (except the kitchen) were pristine. There was not a scratch or mark on them and it actually looked like no one had ever worn shoes/had pets/had children/or ever moved furniture in the house. I should also mention that this was brought to the attention of the contractor at the very beginning - that the floors must be protected and the expectations were they would look the same after the work was completed. The contractors comment 'this has never happened to us before and it must be a bad finish that you have on your floors'. He thinks the remedy is a can of polyurethane spray from Lowes - he actually already tried to cover it up with this method in one room (you can imagine semi-gloss poly sprayed in a stripe next to beautiful old floors with a more aged satin look).
    Is there anything we can do for the floors? We cannot go to the expense and trouble to move all our antiques back out of the house and have all the floors refinished - we just moved in a month ago amid construction and painting Thanks for your comments!

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    Default Re: Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    Sadly, the only way to fix this is to have your contractor hire a professional floor refinisher to re-sand the floors.

    We never let ANY tape adhere to finished surfaces unless its the blue tape and only for a few days.

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    Default Re: Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    1 - Withhold final payment to contractor until this issue is resolved to your satisfaction.
    2 - The contractor damaged your floors in the process of his work, HE is responsible for the repair and expense of it.
    3 - Sadly, the only real repair is going to be to strip/sand/refinish the floors. A pro can do it with little disruption to you, though you will need to move your belongings from the room(s ) while this is done. You won't have to move out, but certainly make the spaces available. If necessary, the refinishing can be broken into two stages, half the house first, move furniture, finish other half.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    I agree that the ONLY solution is to have your painting contractor pay a professional floor refinisher OF YOUR CHOICE to strip and refinish the floors.

    Unfortunately, the cost of this repair will likely be more than the outstanding payment that is due him, so you may never get that recourse. It might be cheaper for him to write off the remaining payment. If this is the case, a lawsuit -- or at least a threatening letter on your attorney's letterhead -- may be necessary.

    For future reference, there is only ONE type of tape that may be safely used on finished floors: gaffer's tape. It looks similar to duct tape, but the adhesive is formulated to not interact chemically with floor finishes. Even so, it should not be left on the floor for an extended period of time, but it can be there for several days and still peel up cleanly.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencepost View Post
    For future reference, there is only ONE type of tape that may be safely used on finished floors: gaffer's tape. It looks similar to duct tape, but the adhesive is formulated to not interact chemically with floor finishes. Even so, it should not be left on the floor for an extended period of time, but it can be there for several days and still peel up cleanly.
    Oh, I would not go there! That be some seriously sticky stuff!!! I'd be afraid it'd pull the foundation up with it!
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Tape pulled the finish off my floors - what can I do?

    I've seen blue painters tape peel off the poly too. Esp in the high traffic areas.

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