Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

AS LONG as the boards are in good con­di­tion, you should be able to use a wood scraper, sandpaper and a hand­held elec­tric san­der to clean them off and make them smooth.

Re­mem­ber to bang down any pro­trud­ing nails with a nail punch and ham­mer – us­ing a nail punch stops you dam­ag­ing the boards with the ham­mer.

Boards in a worse state will need to be sanded with an in­dus­trial floor san­der.

Hir­ing a san­der – and an edger for where the san­der can’t reach – isn’t par­tic­u­larly ex­pen­sive, but it’s hot, hard and dusty work.

Af­ter­wards, you may feel that as you’ve gone to all that ef­fort, it’s a shame to cover the newly sanded boards with paint.

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