Can You Paint Wood Floors?

Yes, you can paint wood floors! Painting your wood floors can give your home a new lease of life, and is an inexpensive way to make your hardwood floors look new again and hide imperfections, whilst also being able to be as creative as you like with the range of colours!

Painting floors isn’t as easy as just putting some wood floor paint on your floors, there is quite a bit of prep and care involved if you want it to last, and look good.

Floor Painting Prep

  • Remove all furniture, and know exactly the area you want to paint.
  • If your floor has been waxed previously, make sure to remove it.
  • Make sure the floor is clean (sugar soap is a great way to remove grime), and all the dust has been removed.
  • Next, you need to make the surface of the wood rough, so the paint has a good base to adhere to. Depending on the quality of your floorboards, you may need a high grit sandpaper, then finish off using a 150-grit sandpaper, to sand the top layer of the wood floor.
  • Vacuum all of the dust from the floor, to ensure your floor is completely free of any contaminants.

Painting Your Floor

  • Apply your first coat with either a brush or roller. Depending on the paint you’re using, you may need to apply a thin layer, or it may take longer to dry, and may leave lumps and bumps.
  • Start painting the edges with a brush, and work your way out towards the door (so you don’t get stuck in a corner!)
  • Allow the first coat to dry as per the paint instructions.
  • If required, lightly sand the floor again with a 220-grit sandpaper to smooth. Then remove the dust.
  • Paint your further coats, making your way towards the door. Leave to thoroughly dry.

Seal Your Floor

  • To keep your newly painted wooden floors looking new for a long time, we recommend sealing/using a finishing coat. Floor finishes help reduce deep scuff marks, wear and tear, and make it easier to clean.
  • Make sure you let the paint fully cure, this will take several weeks, however after a few days you should be able to walk on it gently.
  • Should there be fumes from the paint, it will be gone by the time it’s fully cured too.

Sussex Floor Restoration

Looking to restore your hardwood or parquet floors? Look no further than Sussex Floor Restoration.

We provide floor restoration services to a host of different audiences including schools and other commercial buildings, but we also work with domestic clients to improve the look of flooring in your home.

Get in contact with Adam and his team today on 01444 810505, or fill out our form here.

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