How to paint wooden flooring
Painting solid wooden floors that are a few years old can bring them to life. But what is the best way of going about it?
1.)The first step is preparing the surface.
Start the process by scuff-sanding the flooring using 150-grit sandpaper. Hand sanding the wooden flooring will not make it perfectly smooth, but it will make it rough enough to make sure that the primer adheres to the surface.
2.) Clean the flooring.
Use a vacuum to suck up the dust, then wipe the floor clean using clear water. Once this is done, wash the floor with floor cleaner. Make sure that the floors are dry after cleaning, this can take up to around 2-3 days. If the floors are even slightly moist when you paint them, the primer will likely bubble up.
3.) Apply the primer.
It is recommended to use an oil-based, penetrating primer to fully seal the floor surface, however a quality latex primer can also work.
It’s best to make sure that the color coats are made specifically for floors (talk to a paint expert at the store).
If using a latex paint, a latex primer is to be used. Likewise for oil paint, use an oil primer. Let the primer dry overnight. Note that if the primer is oil based, it may require longer.
4.) Bring out the sandpaper again.
Give the flooring another sanding or you may notice the smallest of imperfections in the coming coats.
This time around use 220-grit sandpaper, this will make a finer dust. Once finished with the sanding vacuum again and use a tack cloth to make sure that all grit is removed from the floor. Do not use paper toweling, as they can leave paper fibers, that can affect the final result.
5.) It’s time to paint some colour.
If you’ve planned some shapes and patterns, bring out the painters tape and mark off your sections and paint using a second colour.
For the application of the colour you can use a roller or a brush, however make sure that you have the right equipment, making sure to apply only a thin coating of paint. It’s recommended to apply the paint using a natural bristle brush or ¼-nap microfiber roller. This will leave no bubbles, however this method can be quite labour intensive.
Make sure to roll slowly so as to avoid creating bubbles.
6.) Find something to do while it dries.
Each coat needs to be very thin and even, and each coat subsequently needs to dry before the next is applied. Because you will likely not be able to see the progression of the drying paint, as there is little natural light, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours before applying the next coating.
7.) Keep adding coats.
Apply two more thin coats of paint, with the recommended 24 hours in between.
8.) Apply your top coat/s.
For long-term durability you can finish with one or two coats of a clear coat of polyurethane. Allow this coat to dry for 24 hours, and again, ask your local paint store which products are most suitable for your purpose.
9.) Wait a little longer, then it’s time to walk!
If you have chosen to use topcoats, you should now have 5-6 layers on your wooden flooring. Wait an extra 24 hours, and then begin to walk on the flooring only in your socks, just to be safe.
If you want it done properly the first time around, call the painting professionals!