Tips For Painting Hardwood Floors
Painting a hardwood floor is a lot easier than most people think.
Painting is a great way to rejuvenate floors that have been scarred and damaged, without having to go to the expense of replacing hardwood.
The only problem with painting a hardwood floor is if the floor has suffered water damage or is in a basement or other moist area. The paint won't adhere as well and may end up peeling rather than providing the protective barrier it should. However, many floors installed after the 1970s have been sealed to prevent moisture vapor.
To begin painting a hardwood floor, sweep or clean the area of any dust and debris. Then, fill in any holes, gaps, dents, large seams, etc., with a plastic-type wood filler (which can be found in a hardwood store).
Once the gaps have been filled, you can then begin to prime for painting. If your hardwood floor has a varnish or urethane finish, it must be sanded before being primed.
After priming, you can begin painting. Oil based paints are best for floors because they are most resistant to foot traffic and also dry more quickly than water-based counterparts. Feel free to get creative with your painting and create a faux finish, using stenciling, borders or pinstriping to get the look you want.
Once the paint has been allowed to dry, apply three coats of non-yellowing urethane.
For maintenance, apply a coat of urethane to floors every couple of years.
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