3/16/2017

Painting Particle Board Floor

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have captured a peek of a job that's been keeping me hectic. A regional computer system store is moving from their present retail and tech area to a smaller sized area in the requirement of some TLC. It's downtown, with exceptional parking (an uncommon mix!), so things like missing out on baseboards and particle board floorings were neglected.

Painting Particle Board Floor


Painting Particle Board Floor

Initially, I was a little frightened by the quantity of work to do, specifically since the budget plan is small and I'm being paid in tacos (that's not a euphemism for money). However, I'm constantly up for a Do It Yourself obstacle! The primary step was to fill out the numerous wall holes with putty, and after that sand and prime them in preparation for painting the walls a warm gray (PPG's Aria).
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I desired as light a color as possible to make the area feel intense and tidy. However, I understood white would rapidly end up being covered in grubby finger prints. Simply painting the walls one neutral color (and not painting around the furnishings like the last renters) enhanced the area.

Painting Particle Board Floor

The previous occupants had put down exactly what appears like some oriented hair board (or crafted wood particle board), which had ended up being severely stained from water damage and basic foot traffic.

Painting Particle Board Floor

Putting something low-cost over the particle board, like a peel and stick tile or perhaps click laminate, wasn't an alternative because it's not 100% level (it's an older structure, which intensifies the wonky setup). I chose paint would be a simple and economical repair. A regional paint store recommended a basic guide + flooring enamel combination since professional-grade epoxy surfaces would break offered the unequal flooring. Plus, without a leading coat, a flooring enamel can quickly be re-touched, and it's not slippery throughout damp or snowy months.

I began by providing the flooring an excellent tidy: several sweepings then a deep tidy with a store vac. Next came the guide coat. I utilized Kilz Max guide, which is now my preferred guide.

Painting Particle Board Floor

A big brush was utilized to use guide along the edge of the space (I didn't wish to touch the newly painted walls with my roller), then the guide was rolled on. A manage extender was helpful. I began at one end and painted my escape of the space, ensuring whatever I required (automobile secrets!) was available at my exit point. It was dry to the touch in 1/2 and hour and prepared for re-coating in one hour. However, I let it dry over night.

Painting Particle Board Floor

The guide was incredible: it covered perfectly and, as assured, dried rapidly. Not all guides are produced equivalent - and not all appropriate for floorings - however, this one did an outstanding task of hiding water damage and discolorations and supplied an excellent base for the flooring enamel. I had the guide tinted as dark green as they might handle, which assisted get the flooring to a deep teal. This procedure is much like exactly what we provided for our painted utility room flooring, other than we avoided guide then.

Painting Particle Board Floor

Painting Particle Board Floor

The next early morning, I used the paint in the very same style: beginning with the edges then utilizing a roller and working my escape of the space. Like with painting walls, I painted "W"'s to guarantee I got paint into the irregular surface area. I took my time and frequently examined to make sure there were no bare areas. I worked gradually, with an extremely saturated roller to make sure complete protection. The maker's guidelines suggested that the flooring might be strolled on in 24 Hr however I let it dry for Two Days. The gentleman who assisted me at the paint shop notified me that paint does not, in fact, treat up until about the one month mark, however, that some days must be great.

Painting Particle Board Floor

This is the patio and flooring enamel I utilized:

Painting Particle Board Floor

The enamel had fantastic protection, however, I believe the guide did the heavy lifting. So little of this paint soaked into the flooring thanks to the exceptional guide. I required about a quart or more less of paint than the guide.

The flooring ended up charming. After I was done, I rapidly snapped some images with my phone from outdoors, and the door wasn't open a minute however before a passerby enhanced the color option. With newly painted walls and flooring, the area looks far more appealing.

Painting Particle Board Floor

You can still see the joints a bit. However, they are more noticeable in these pictures than in reality, thanks to the texture of the particle board and the small shine of the paint. Offered the soft teal color and texture, the flooring has a classic feel, like 1950s laminate counters.

Painting Particle Board Floor

All the images above were taken with my cam phone, which recorded the color rather real to life - however a bit more lively and green. My routine electronic camera, on the other hand, chooses not to catch teal or blue-green - no matter what I do - therefore it photographed the flooring bluer. The reality lies someplace in the middle.

Eventually, the color (PPG's "Time for Teal") is a quite, silvery, soft teal - just like the color of blue spruce. I had a couple of requirements for picking the color: I desired something happy because there will be little color somewhere else. However, I likewise desired something that would conceal dirt. I likewise had to be a color that would not camouflage rogue screws, which would combine well with the espresso brown furnishings that will be relocating. Plus I like teal; teal is constantly the response.

Painting Particle Board Floor

Painting Particle Board Floor

Painting Particle Board Floor - Regrettably, when I went to assist provide some furnishings the other day (after the flooring had been offered two days to dry), we discovered it was still ugly in some locations. I believe that 24 Hr is rather a positive timespan, specifically if the conditions aren't perfect (like excessive humidity), so in the future, I would wait longer - perhaps even wait a week. After the furnishings is all in, I will offer the area a great sweep and retouch the floorings. Thankfully, this system provides itself to simple re-coating.