Not all surfaces can be painted, but most flooring surfaces can be painted. Overall, floor painting is not a very difficult finishing job. The key is to prepare it properly.
In this article, we will discuss in more detail how to paint wooden floors.
Two tasks are essential when painting a floor – choosing the right paint and doing a good job of sanding the floor. For this kind of job we recommend to use best knee pads for flooring. Otherwise this easy job can can become unpleasant and painful.
How the floor is painted (brush or roller) is dictated by the texture of the floor. The roller is easier to paint, but the brush can better cover uneven surfaces.
Choice of paint
The floor can be painted with water-based acrylic paint or epoxy paint. Which paint is best used for this job is determined by the materiality of the flooring and the intensity of use. For example, although acrylic paint is suitable for floor painting, it is not recommended to paint the floor of the corridor, because it is often walked there. Some manufacturers produce special floor paints that are more resistant to intensive abrasion.
It is also important to consider the finish of the paint – whether it is a matte finish or glossy paint. The matt paint is more sticky to the dirt, on the other hand, the surface covered with the gloss paint has more visibility to the scratches.
For floor painting you will need:
- Floor sanding machines;
- Painting tape and newspaper cover;
- Clothing for dyeing;
- Paint and paint baths;
- Brushes and rollers.
If you are painting old wooden floors, look carefully at the nails that may damage the sander before you start sanding. For sanding, it is advisable to use medium rough sandpaper. It should be used to evenly sand the entire surface of the floor.
A larger floor surface is best sanded with an orbital sander, and edges are advised to use a hand sander.
After sanding the floor, it must be thoroughly vacuumed to remove all wood dust. Then cover areas that may be smeared during painting with the tape and newspaper.
The painting should start from the corner furthest from the exit. A second coat can only be applied after the paint manufacturer has specified the time interval between the application. For the second painting, it is recommended to use cleanly washed or new painting tools (brushes, roller).
Walking on a painted floor is only possible when the paint is completely dry. Acrylic paints may require 24 hours and epoxy paints may take up to 5 days.