CHOOSING FLOOR PAINT


Floor paint comes in alkyd (oil), polyurethane, latex or epoxy. The following page deals with latex, alkyd and polyurethane products.

Both latex and oil or polyurethane, can be used to paint almost any type of floor surface.

From wood to concrete the type of product you choose depends on the surface being painted, environmental conditions and amount of traffic the coating will have to withstand.

Be sure to ask your local paint dealer for advice regarding the best product for the job at hand.


CONCRETE FLOORS


New floors or floors that have been flooded, need to dry for at least 90 days prior to painting. Paint will not stick to a wet floor. After 90 days, duct tape a square piece of clear plastic on all four sides to the concrete.

Taping plastic to the concrete floor will let you check the floor for humidity. If after 24 hours there is moisture between the concrete and plastic, painting is not recommended. You will need to keep checking daily for visible signs of humidity prior to applying your coating.

Depending on the age and dirtiness of your concrete floor, you may need to etch it.

Talk to your local paint dealer to see if your floor requires etching (washing with muriatic acid) or just a good cleaning with a floor cleaner designed specifically for pre-paint application.


WOOD FLOORS


Wood floors, in my opinion, should in most cases be sanded and refinished if possible. With that said, there are situations when painting your wooden floor is the only option.

As an example, for economy sake, damaged floors that are going to require large amounts of visible filler should be re-painted. You could also disagree with me and prefer to add some color to the surfaces that you are walk on.

Be sure to do a thorough prep job on your wood floor prior to painting and use only top quality fillers, primers, coatings or paint.


OTHER TYPES OF FLOORING


There are other types of flooring that can be painted. Lino or almost any other floor covering (except carpeting of course) can be painted.

Proper preparation is the key and using a top quality primer along with the best floor paint you can buy.


WHY SHOULD YOU USE LATEX FLOOR PAINT
less smell
economical
assortment of color choices
applies over most other types of paint
its' a flexible coating
easy to use and cleans up with water

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE LATEX FLOOR PAINT
30 day curing time
for lighter traffic areas
requires specific climate (not to hot or cold)
more coats the better
shorter life span
faster drying time


WHY YOU SHOULD USE ALKYD OR POLYURETHANE
can be more durable than latex
washable sooner than latex
economical
flows better than latex
slower drying time
assortment of colors

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE ALKYD OR POLYURETHANE
does not work well over more flexible coatings
can have re-coat problems
chips and cracks easily
longer wait between coats
solvent clean up


SUMMARY OF FLOOR PAINT


Previously painted floors should be repainted with the same type of product as the last time the floor was painted. If your not sure if the floors previous paint job was epoxy, latex or polyurethane you might opt to apply a gripper type primer.

After priming, roll or spray on your selected coating. Also, any cracks should be filled and loose or peeling paint needs to be removed.

Your paint dealer will help with the paint to use, primer selection and crack or hole filler for the job at hand. Once your project is completed clear coating the entire surface will (if needed) add a little extra durability. Heres a floor painting link to help you with some how to advice.


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