HOW TO FLOOR
Virtually every type of wall painting technique can be used for a floor painting design. Prior to coating your floors be sure to use the proper primers, paints and tools. Doing so will keep your newly coated surface looking good and intact.
Below you will find information for getting the areas you walk on painted. If you need instructions for cutting and rolling. Check out the
how to use a paint sprayer
pages to assist you with your floor painting design.
The process of painting the floors in your home is probably not as difficult as one may think.
Even so, there are procedures that need to be followed that may be specific for the kind of floor being coated. Otherwise the coating that you put down won't stick and will end up being a lot of work with little return.
Depending on the size and type of the floors your doing either rolling or spraying will get the job done. I prefer to use a brush and roller but for you it might be a good idea to discuss your specific project with your paint supplier.
A paint store rep will help you with the floor painting design being done, tools to use and products needed.
Also, be sure to follow all local government safety regulation regarding the products and tools being used.
TYPES OF FLOORS TO PAINT
- Primer and Paint For the Type of Floor Being Coated
- Paint Sprayer (If Needed)
- 2 1/2" Sash Brush, Cut Can (1/4 to 1/3 full of paint)
- Roller/Cover, Extension, Tray/Liner (If Needed)
- Masking Tape, Paper or Plastic (If Needed)
- Filler For Your Type of Flooring (If Needed)
- Scrapers (If Needed)
- Sanding Paper and Sander (Electric or Hand)(If Needed)
PAINTING LINOLEUM OR NON-CERAMIC TILE FLOORS
Linoleum and non-ceramic tile can be coated with an assortment of floor painting designs. To do so proper primers and top coats must be used.
Talk to your local paint supplier to find out what products will work best with the type of non-ceramic tile or linoleum that you have in your home.
When it comes to coating your hardwood floors there are products on the market for the do it yourselfer. Hardwood can entail a great deal of work, so be sure to follow all instructions related to the product, tools, and materials being used.
I find that having a professional to do a hardwood floor project tends to give the best finished project.
PAINTING CONCRETE OR CERAMIC TILE
Older concrete and ceramic tile floorings have to be cleaned properly (acid etched, de-greased etc.) and in the case of new concrete it needs to be thoroughly dried prior to applying a floor painting design.
Talk to your local paint supplier to find out what paint, (alkyd, epoxy, latex) and products to use for cleaning and coating of the concrete and ceramic tile in your home.
PAINTING OTHER FLOORING
Almost any type of flooring can be painted the key is to start with a clean, non pealing surface and knowing the type of material your about to paint.
Using the proper products, tools, materials, and procedures for the job at hand will insure the floors good looks along with its durability.
PREPPING THE FLOORS
Move everything on the floor that can be moved to another room. Scrape, fill (with the proper filler) then sand all cracks and holes that you see. With that done and your filler dry, clean the surface according to directions given to you by your local paint store representative.
Cover and protect items and areas that you do not want paint on, (use drops cloths, tape, paper and plastic as needed).
Prime the floor as required using the best primer you can afford. With the painting instructions below and your floor painting design in mind paint on two coats of high quality top coat.
CUTTING AND ROLLING THE FLOORS
With the use of your brush and cut can (25% full of paint) begin cutting (brushing) in around the room and non-movable items. When cutting you should have a two or three inch swath of paint next to the walls around the room (or other items) for you to roll up to.
Fill the reservoir part of your tray with paint, dip in the roller and starting in a corner of the room roll up to your cut line.
Roll the paint on in a two foot by four foot section. Re-roll what you just put on with a reasonably dry roller (back rolling) to even and level out the wet paint.
Go on to the next section painting into your cut line and the first section you back rolled. Keep rolling in this way until the floor is painted.
Don’t paint yourself into a corner and paint from a wet edge to a wet edge (meaning paint as quickly as you can). After the first coat is dry fill holes and cracks that may not have filled well the first time.
Let the filler dry, re-coat the filled areas with paint let them dry, then sand and repaint the entire area one last time.
Roll on a third coat If your floor painting design looks like it need it.
SPRAYING THE FLOORS
Set up your sprayer, ask your paint supplier regarding gun tip size in relation to the job at hand. If your going to paint the walls (and you don't have baseboards) spray directly onto the walls as you spray the floor. Once the floor is coated and dry cover them.
Finish up your project by painting the walls of the room. If the walls are not being painted you will need to protect them with tape, masking paper and plastic.
When taping plastic to the walls and the walls have no baseboards, keep in mind that the tape can cause wall paint to stick to it when remooved. Be sure you have wall color for touch ups.
Start spraying in a corner backwards towards a door so that you don’t paint yourself into the room (depending on your floor painting design).
Spray in sections that your comfortable with (e.g. four foot by four foot). Go from wet edge to wet edge moving as quick as is possible.
When the room is done and dry, repair holes and cracks (if needed), let that dry, then touch up the repairs with paint, let them dry, then sand, sweep and repaint with another coat of paint to the entire surface area.
You can do a third coat of your floor painting designs, if you feel it will be necessary.
Before buying sand paper, ask your local paint dealer what grit would work best for the job your doing and equipment being used. Most surfaces will need 120 grit and a pole sander, check with your paint dealer to be sure.
Almost every type of paint technique that one applies to the walls can be used as a floor painting design. With the help of the internet or your local library, check out color blocking, faux, and wall striping among other themes and ideas.
Once you apply a specialty wall paint finish to your floors, you may need to cover it with a clear coat as your final finish. A paint store representative can help you decide if you will need a top coat over the project that you are doing.
Last but not least, all paints take a good thirty days to cure the longer you can be careful with your newly painted floor the better so try for as long as possible not to drop or push items around on the floors surface.
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