Is it possible to change the color of pergo floors?

by Bev8042715
They are about ten years down and are a very light pickle wood. I'd like to darken the wood color.
  7 answers
  • Catharine Larock Catharine Larock on Oct 18, 2016
    No they are not changeable. The design is basically a picture of the wood and cannot be sanded. It is a kind of laminate floor.
  • William William on Oct 18, 2016
    Painting is the only option with proper prep. Janet's links are great. How it holds up, hard to say. Laminate floors are a picture of wood grain adhered to plastic that has been adhered to some type of fiber board. What we are talking about is fake wood. They coat the picture of the wood over with some type of finish that they will swear outlasts the earth. In 10-20 years, you have a product that ends up in the dumpster. It can not be refinished.
  • John John on Oct 18, 2016
    We have real white oak wooden floors in our kitchen. Three years ago when we remodeled out kitchen we wanted to change to a lighter color. We were told that unless the flooring was sanded deep, the only way a stain would work was to go darker. Pergo is a thin laminate flooring and sanding may go through it. So either stay the same color, darker or replace it. We had restaurant heavy duty sealer and acrylic seal put on. It looks very good. I'll try to find a picture.
  • Centrd Centrd on Oct 19, 2016
    Okay, there is a clear gel stain, that you can put over finished wood. I did an ebony gel stain on a table that had an out of date medium brown finish and I just didn't want to strip and sand and everything else involved in traditional refinishing. It came out amazing. Looks like a brand new table. The brand I used was General Finishes. Now it's more complicated on floors because you need a really hard finish top coat. And I can't remember if they have a specific product for floors or not, but I do remember looking into it because I have very old wood floors and was wondering if I could perhaps use the same treatment on them, rather than sand them down and refinish. So I know it can be done, it just depends on if you want to make the effort to figure everything out and then put on multiple layers. And I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to use the same kind of product on a pergo laminate kind of paper finish, it just might take some extra preparation. I'd look into General Finishes and any other similar kinds of products.
  • John John on Oct 19, 2016
    Centered, Glad you found something to work on your table. Floors are walked on, spilt on, and are used more harshly than the kitchen table. Wood is like sponge, it absorbs moisture, which includes stains. Acrylic is what is used on floors to put what is like a clear coat to protect the floors and stains from absorbing moisture. To remove a dark stain, the wood needs to be sanded down deep. Like I said, our oak flooring has been sanded and recovered, (restrained once since installation) perhaps 5 to 6 times in the past 30 - 35 years. The sanding is to cut through the acrylic so the protective coating can adhere to the flooring. Same as painting vehicles, the old paint and clear coat must be scuffed and removed first, add a primer, then paint and clear coat. A lot of prep work, but cutting corners and your job looks amateurish and will be a disappointment. In my 50+ years of home ownership, we have learned the hard way over the years, cutting corners does not really work.
  • Pergo has a wear layer that would not be suitable for staining because it's printed. If the wear layer was real wood the clear coat could be stripped, the color could then be changed. A paste from the Pergo website. Pergo consists of several layers of materials bonded together under extreme heat and pressure. Absolutely no harmful glues or toxic chemicals are used in the bonding of our products, ensuring health conscious, worry-free flooring for your family. The first component is our patented ScratchGuard Advanced surface protection, which is comprised of a melamine resin enriched with aluminum oxide particles for enhanced scratch and scuff protection. In our most premium performance floors, ScratchGuard Advanced is combined with our innovative PermaMax™ wear layer to create a highly durable and wear-resistant surface that provides twice the wear and twice the durability* versus ordinary laminates. Additionally, this layer is often embossed for an added realistic look and feel that is unparalled in the industry. The second layer is a decorative graphic sheet. This layer provides the beautiful designs you will enjoy in your home for years to come. We are one of the few companies that use a premium four color printing process when creating many of our designs, which results in increased color richness, depth and realism.