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How To Prepare & Paint A Wooden Floor

If you’re looking to revive old wooden floors by giving it a lick of paint then you’ll need to make sure that you prepare your floor properly before you dive in with the paintbrush. There’s no denying that transforming a wooden floor can be quite a lengthy process but you’ll be rewarded with a smooth finish and a brand new look for your room.

Preparing your wooden floor

  1. Remove all furniture from the chosen room (this might be the hardest bit, especially trying to find somewhere to put all your furniture!)
  2. Knock in loose nails and fix any raised or damaged boards
  3. Fill any holes in the wood with filler and remove any excess
  4. Use a floor sanding machine –if you were to sand an attire wooden floor by hand this would turn into a very lengthy procedure indeed (and result in pretty sore hands too). A sanding machine will remove all existing coatings, start with a coarse grade and finish with a fine grade of paper no less than 120 grade
  5. Once the dust has settled use a vacuum cleaner
  6. Use white spirit all over the wooden floor to remove any oils and leave to dry

Painting your wooden floor

Now that you’re wooden floor is back in a good condition it’s nearly time to start painting.

  1. Firstly, seal any knots in the floor with a knot primer
  2. Cover skirting boards with masking tape
  3. Select which floor paint you’d like to use – there’s a wide selection of floor paints but it all depends on the kind of look you’re going for. If you’re painting your wooden floor white you might want to go for a satin or gloss finish (which is rumoured to make your ceilings look higher). The main thing you need to look for is that you buy Ronseal’s floor paint with a high protection level.
  4. Apply your paint –now’s time for the fun bit! Rather than painstakingly applying the paint by hand use a floor pad or a roller by pulling towards you in the direction of the wood grain.
  5. Leave to dry for the set time before applying any more relevant coats

A few top tips for decking

What if the wooden floor you want to transform isn’t indoors but outdoors? Wooden decking can see a lot of action during the summer months leaving them grey, scuffed and scratched.

Reviving a wooden deck is similar to an indoor wooden floor.

  1. Sweep the deck to remove moss and mould
  2. Use a decking restorer gel and leave for the set time before washing away the gel with water and scrubbing it lightly to reveal the brighter wood underneath.
  3. Once this is dry apply a decking stain from Ronseal to protect your newly revived deck against rain, snow and hot weather. Start in the furthest corner using a pad or brush to apply the stain down the length of the decking board.
  4. Leave to dry and stand back and admire your handiwork!

Author: Ronseal