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Can I Paint My Floor?

Unless you’re a design professional – or Bob Vila – when someone asks if they should paint a floor in their home the immediate thought that might come to mind is … <em>Why?</em> Painting a floor seems so counter to what we understand about floors AND paint. Paint chips, it gets dirty, it can’t be mopped (can it?) and, perhaps above all else may be the fear that your socks will stick to it. <strong>What Happens When Paint Meets Floor</strong> Of course, the obvious trick here is to use the right paint for the type of surface you’re painting. And, if you choose wisely you’ll find that not only are these fears unfounded, but paint can actually make floors stronger and easier to clean. Here is a quick guide to steer you in the right direction: <em>Concrete</em>: “Concrete paint” is just another name for epoxy paint and is the recommended way to go. It’s waterproof, stain-resistant and bonds well. You can use latex paint, but keep in mind that it’s not as durable as epoxy, won’t leave a shine and will not bond to a concrete floor that’s been previously stained. <em>Wood</em>: Take note that you’ll first need to sand a wood floor unless you’re starting with pure, raw wood. Then you’ll have to use a sealing primer to keep the paint from slipping through the cracks. Finally, use a latex paint for the base and then seal it with polyurethane. <em>Ceramic/Tile</em>: As with wood, you’ll want to first scuff the tile so the paint will adhere, and you’ll also want to repair all chips and cracks. Once sanded, you can use epoxy paint or an epoxy bonding primer. NOTE: Many pros consider this an option of last resort or an alternative to more costly tile replacement. <em>Laminate Flooring</em>: Again, you will clean, repair (try using <a title="Caulking Guns" href="http://www.atgstores.com/caulking-guns_1965.html" target="_blank">caulk</a> to fix holes) and sand, this time applying latex floor paint. <strong>5 Floor-Painting Quick Tips</strong> 1. <em>Make sure it’s clean!</em> There is no way to properly describe the disappointment you will feel the first time you sweep your floor if you didn’t clean thoroughly before painting it. This goes double for floors that require sanding before applying the paint. 2. <em>Don’t paint yourself into a corner.</em> Seriously. Some people do this. Don’t be one of those people. 3. <em>Use painter’s tape, stencils or creative applicators (loofah, anyone?) to make patterns.</em> This can end up looking amazing in any number of designs, from the classic checked look to more complex configurations and patterns. 4. <em>Use a paint roller to keep things uniform.</em> There’s really no other way to go if you’re painting your floor one uniform color. Chip in for a long-handled <a title="Paint Rollers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/paint-rollers_15021.html" target="_blank">roller</a> model to make the job even easier. 5. <em>Curing time is key!</em> This is one part patience and four parts planning. Pick a date for your project that will leave you plenty of time for the floor to dry without you having to tromp through the room. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips and tricks help you with your next floor-painting project.
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