How do I remove varnish and paint from my laminate floors?

by Kelly

How can I remove the paint from laminate floors ? I’m unhappy with the One dimensional look. Can I remove the varnish and paint with stripper ?

  6 answers
  • I'm not sure stripper is a good idea for laminate, since it is made up of layers. I would contact the manufacturer and see what they advise.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Dec 14, 2019

    Did you apply additional paint and/or varnish to your laminate floors, or are you referring to removing the finish that was put on the laminate when manufactured?

    • Kelly Kelly on Dec 15, 2019

      i of course did the whole tutorial , primer , paint and half measures for me

  • Hi, Kelly!

    Applying a stripper to laminate may not be a good idea. Laminate is generally made of layers of pressed paper (MDF) and it may do irreparable damage to the floor. In this case, a professional may need to give advice. I hope this helps!

  • William William on Dec 14, 2019

    Use a paste stripper like Citristrip. It's made to remove many layers of paint and varnish. Should not affect the laminate finish since it is a factory bonded finish. Also should not affect the laminate planks. Do not use a liquid stripper as it may soak into the laminations and cause the to swell. Try a small area first. Use a plastic putty knife to remove the softened paint/varnish. Once stripped wipe down with a cloth and vinegar to neutralize the stripper.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Dec 15, 2019

    I painted my laminate floors this past summer with some trial and error, but love how it turned out in the end. You can see it here:

    • Kelly Kelly on Dec 15, 2019

      hi, I also did my bedroom which I love and the tiles in my kitchen and bathroom. I’m just not feeling it in my living room. I only have half the floor finished ( maybe it’s just the thought of having to repeat process )

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 28, 2019

    If the surface is smooth you can paint right over the whole thing using a chalk based paint. A few coats then a sealer made for floors would change the old look. If you are creative you can use stencils to create a pattern on the floor and then seal it.