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Project #9:

Collingswood Grand Ballroom dance floor refinishing

If you're a Collingswood, New Jersey local, you'll no doubt be familiar with the Scottish Rite Auditorium. It has quite a remarkable history and was built by and is still used by the Freemasons. The part of the Scottish Rite building we worked in was the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

BEFORE Scottish Rite floor in Collingswood NJ before
AFTER Scottish Rite floor in Collingswood NJ after

It's a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, and corporate events. This sanding and refinishing project is on the center dance floor in the Grand Ballroom. With all those weddings and celebrations, this dance floor gets a lot of use and needs refreshing from time to time. This was one of those times, and we were called in to do our magic.

Brazilian Cherry
Our Gold System

Project details...

The floor is constructed from Brazilian Cherry and has custom Peruvian Walnut inlays and borders. The old finish was dull and worn, and the wood was slightly cupped, most likely from excessive water as it was mopped clean.

Scottish Rite building in Collingswood NJ
The Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ

The photos below show the condition of the dance floor. Well and truly ready to be sanded and refinished…

well used wood dance floor
Here you can see the wavey floor...
floor ready to be sanded and refinished
...and the dull scratched finish

This New Jersey hardwood floor refinishing project was unique because it had carpet surrounding it. So, we had to be super careful to keep them clean. That meant rolling out protective covers for the sanding equipment to be rolled on.

Dust containment was also super important. With the intricate sweeping staircase, curtains, custom carpets, and furniture in the ballroom, cleaning up any dust from the floor sanding would be a huge issue. So, we ensured our dustless sanding system was set up and working well…

sanding dance wood floor in Collingswood NJ
The first sanding pass to flatten the floor and remove the old finish

With the dustless system in place, the sanding process began…

first sanding pass removing finish
Revealing the walnut inlay
vacumming floor ready for coating
Vacuuming before coating

Once completed, we taped the edges of the dance floor with painter's tape to protect the carpet, vacuumed, and began coating the dance floor…

applying first coat of finish
Applying the first coat of finish

StreetShoe by Basic Coatings was the finish used, part of our Gold Finishing System. This commercial grade system is a high-quality, two-component, water-based wood floor finish. Seeing this floor would be danced on a lot, it needed one of the toughest and most durable finishes available. Two top coats of that and two coats of commercial-grade catalyzed sealer would provide a super protective coating.

Here are some close-ups of us applying it over the Brazilian Cherry and Walnut floor…

second coat of finish going on
Applying finish with a t-bar
applying waterbased finish with t-bar
Close up of coating floor

In the photo below, we're applying the final coat. Down the road, we will add additional maintenance coats of finish to keep the surface scratch free and protected.

final coat of water based finish on dance floor
Final coat of commercial-grade waterbased finish being applied

And here is the finished floor, all sanded, refinished, and waiting for it to dry…

sanded and refinished dance floor drying
All done, waiting for the finish to dry

We love working on unique flooring projects like this. And it's always nice working in our hometown. We hope many people will enjoy their weddings and special celebrations, dancing the night away on this unique Collingswood NJ hardwood floor.


Dustless truly is dustless. There was absolutely no mess to clean up after they completed their work. We had used Dustless Hardwood Floors several years ago and recently wanted to do another room on the same floor. They matched the stain and finish perfectly with what had previously been done. If you are getting hardwood floor refinished, I would definitely recommend using them. Dan Read | 5 Star Review on Google

Would you like similar results for your floors?

If you have hardwood floors in South Jersey that you would like to have sanded and refinished, click here to Schedule Your Estimate and we’ll be in touch.

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