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How to Paint Floors

painting FloorsIf a room in your Northern New Jersey home is showing its age, you might consider putting in a whole new floor. Of course, that can be expensive and time consuming. It can also leave your home in disarray for quite a long time. If all of these factors leave you scratching your head about what to do about that ugly floor, why not consider painting it? Painting a floor can be a great way to get a whole new floor. It often doesn’t include nearly as much time as installing a whole new floor. Additionally, painting a floor typically isn’t nearly as costly as the expense of putting in a new one. And just think how wonderful it will be to totally revamp any room of your Northern New Jersey home without tearing apart your entire house for a lengthy floor installation. Here are some interior painting tips that can help you when painting a floor in your home.

1) First, you need to know if the floor you want to paint can, indeed, be painted. Most hardwood floors can be painted, but you should test a small section of the floor to see how the paint accepts it. Concrete can also be painted, if the right type of paint is used. Most floors of these types can take latex floor paint or oil-based floor paint. Many laminate or vinyl floors can’t be painted. If you’re bent on painting a laminate or vinyl floor, test a small section to see how it accepts paint and how it looks. If the floor bubbles, lifts, or wrinkles, you may need to remove an existing finish before painting the floor. If you’re not sure about your floor’s current finish or materials, contact a painting contractor in Northern New Jersey for assistance, or go to a home improvement store for answers.

2) When you’re sure the floor you’re painting can be painted, the next step is to choose your color or colors. Always buy the right type of paint for your particular flooring material. Home improvement or paint stores often have many different varieties and colors for each type of floor paint.

3) Before you begin painting, you may need to sand the floor, especially if it has previous layers of paint on it. If it’s a very old floor, i.e. possibly manufactured before 1970, or if there’s a chance that existing paint layers were applied before the 1980s, there’s a good chance the floor contains lead. That means that scraping, sanding, or otherwise removing any part of the floor will be dangerous and could lead to lead exposure, lead particles in the air, and serious illness. In this case, it is a good idea to get professional assistance. Contact a top painting contractor who is knowledgeable in removing lead paint. Additionally, it’s vital that any waste and materials used to remove the lead paint such as cloths and tarps be disposed of according to your area’s government ordinances.

4) The next step is to prepare the area and the floor for painting. Before you begin, be sure to wear personal protective equipment such as masks and goggles in order to protect yourself from particles in the air and paint chips, etc., from getting into your eyes. First, remove all items from the area that are removable. Next, vacuum the area and wash down the floor thoroughly. Remove as much residue from the floor as possible. Repair cracks and fill holes as necessary. Additionally, if you’re creating any kind of design or pattern on the floor with tiles or other flooring materials, tape off the design with painter’s tape that can be removed at the completion of the job.

5) You’re ready to paint! Before you begin, however, look around the room and decide how you’re going to get out. Remember the old saying … don’t paint yourself into a corner. When both priming and painting, begin at the same starting point and use the same techniques. If you must apply more than one coat, be sure to allow enough time in between coats for proper drying, according to the label’s instructions. Finally, as most floor paints are complete, you likely won’t have to apply any type of product on top of the floor such as sealant,

6) When you’re all finished, it’s cleanup time. Of course, because your floor-painting project may take more than a day, you’ll likely need to clean up at the end of each day. Wrap brushes and rollers in sealed plastic in order to keep them moist. In fact, with many of today’s paints, it’s not necessary to clean brushes and rollers. Just keep them in plastic to seal in moisture. If paint has hardened, soften with warm water.

Sure, installing a new floor would be nice, but who has the money to go to such lengths, especially in this economy? Not only that. Who has the time to have their home ripped apart for the amount of time it takes for floor installation? If you’ve got a floor in your home that you just can’t look at anymore, but you don’t relish the time and cash it’ll take to replace it, consider interior painting. If you’re not completely confident in your own painting skills, contact a top painter in Northern New Jersey who has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to get the job done right the first time.

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