How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors

“Knowing how to paint wood floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. The thought of painting wood floors can be scary, but if your hardwood floor is damaged, painting the floor can make it look great again. Painting older solid wood floors can give them new life without the expense and mess of refinishing them. It can also make your floors a beautiful design element in their own right, particularly with interesting patterns. It takes some time and patience to paint hardwood floors, but if you know how to apply nail polish, you already know the basics.”
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1. Prep the surface. Start by scuff-sanding the floor with 150-grit sandpaper, advises Christopher Comer of Noble Pro Painting in Chicago. This hand sanding is not to make the floor perfectly smooth but to rough it up enough so the primer will adhere well to the surface.

2. Clean the floor. Vacuum up dust; wipe using clear water if necessary to get it all up and then wash with a wood floor cleaner. The most important part of this step is to let the floors dry after they are cleaned — ideally two days and possibly longer. If there is moisture in the floors when you paint them, the primer and everything on top of it is likely to bubble up.

3. Put on the primer. Time to roll or brush on the primer — but what kind? “We recommend a penetrating, oil-based primer that can really seal the surface up tight, but a good latex primer could work well too,” says Phillip Storey of Redhill Painting in San Francisco. This is a good time to consult your local paint store about the right product to use. You will generally want the color coats to be paint made specifically for floors. If that paint is latex, use a latex primer. If oil, use an oil primer. Let it dry at least overnight, and if it’s an oil product, give it 24 hours or a bit more.

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