I have a particleboard floor I want to paint

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I removed all carpet and pad nails etc t’s particle board and I want to paint it what should I do to it before paint and what kind of paint do I use?

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Nov 20, 2017
    Particle board is really fragile and will swell and crumble if it gets wet too often. That said, clean it well, make sure it is smooth by filling in all nail holes, etc. Paint a coat of good primer, then paint with whatever color paint you want. Then paint at least two coats of polyurethane on top. Three would be even better if the floor is in a high traffic area.
    Rather than doing that, have you checked out the cost of laminate flooring? It is not hard to lay, is long lasting and some is not too expensive at Home Depot or Lowes especially when it's on sale.
  • Ran22549902 Ran22549902 on Nov 20, 2017
    Hi Shirley...
    partical board actually has a nice visual texture. If you like the look of stained hardwood, here’s a cool idea... Fill the seams with stainable wood filler and sand it smooth. Using painters tape, tape off big 18” squares in a checkerboard pattern. Do it on the diagonal. Stain every other one. When it’s dry apply two coats of polyurethane to protect your finish. You can do the same thing using paint instead. Pick an awesome color combination. I took up three layers of flooring from my 1935 Stone Cape Cod. It exposed the pine sub floor with full of character knots and imperfect edges. Perfect for my newly installed soft white traditional cabinets. I had carra marble counters and full backsplashes installed years later as an upgrade luxury. Lightly sanded the floor with a large palm sander before doing the blocks.
    I painted my checkerboard black and the floor color is the other.
    I was thrilled with the finished project. It’s an awesome feature
    and a great base to build the kitchen around. It has held up great. Give it a thought??
    Best Wishes! Randy
  • Ran22549902 Ran22549902 on Nov 20, 2017
    See above...
  • Ran22549902 Ran22549902 on Nov 21, 2017
    Hello Shirley...
    If you do a checkerboard floor, you can start by cutting a perfect square out of heavy construction board. If you’re doing it on a diagonal, find the center of the room first. I wanted my pattern to line up with the kitchen sink so I made that my starting point. Position the cardboard square perfectly centered at that point. Trace around the square lightly with a pencil. Instead of moving the the cardboard square and tracing it, I used a metal yardstick and aligned it with the edges of the first square and extended the lines. I think it was easier than moving the cardboard and tracing it. Of course if you’re going to use paint you’d paint the floor the lighter color and allow it to dry a couple days. Here’s a tip...when you tape the squares, you can do like every other one. So I taped off as many as possible then painted them. I found that if you roll the paint on it’s a much better coverage. Also I pull up the tape before the paint is dry. Sometimes if you wait till dry the tape will not pull off in clean lines. If you want the floor to look aged, you can sand it lightly in the spots where it would have logicaly worn. Doorways...traffic areas? I’m excited for you. Be awesome to see your finished masterpiece. Email me your before and after shots?
    randyhager1@verizon.net...get busy!
    Need any help, feel free to email me. Randy
  • Shirley Twomey Hill Shirley Twomey Hill on Jan 04, 2018
    Thank you I might be emailing lol. Have a great and happy New Year!!!