Step by step: How to paint your wooden floor
Renovating a wooden floor can seem complicated but then again be very rewarding. Follow our step-by-step instructions and discover the beauty that lies hidden in your old wooden floors.
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Fine short-haired roller
Abrasive paper grit 150
Dampened lint-free cloth
Gloves, safety goggles and disposable booties
Careful sanding and preparation of the floor is key to creating the perfect surface. Make sure to sand down to bare wood. Once sanded, carefully vacuum the surface and anywhere else dust may have gathered. Apply the varnish in normal room temperature, 18-25°C. Pull down curtains to avoid direct sunlight on the floor.
To repair or fill up gaps in the floor, mix wood dust from the sanding process with Bona Wood Filler Mix. An edge sanding machine produces the most suitable dust. For very large gaps use Bona Wood Mastic.
Apply the varnish
Untreated Wooden Floors
Stir the container. Allow the bubbles 5-10 minutes to disappear before use.
Note: The initial application onto the bare wood is made with Bona Wood Floor Primer.
Apply the primer in sections, without interruptions. Plan your application, taking into account where you will start and exit the room.
1. Apply the primer along the edges at the far end of the room. Use a brush or a small roller. Do not paint all edges in one go!
2. Dip the roller into the bucket and distribute the primer evenly onto the first section in the direction of the wood. Lift and set down the roller carefully.
3. Repeat steps 1-2. Overlap with the previous section for a smooth transition. Repeat until the whole surface has been covered. Let dry for 2-3 hours.
4. Make a light sanding on the floor using abrasive paper grit 150.
5. Vacuum the floor and tack it with a dampened cloth.
6. Apply two layers of paint in the same manner as the primer and let dry.
Previously varnished/painted surfaces
Previously varnished or painted surfaces can be treated directly with new paint. However, before such work is performed, a test must be done to verify that the adhesion is satisfactory. Clean the floor and lightly abrade on a few places on the floor. Apply paint to the abraded areas. After 24 hours, scratch the surface gently with a coin. If the paint remains firmly attached to the floor, adhesion is satisfactory and the work can be continued. If the paint peels, it is necessary to sand the floor down to bare wood before applying paint.
1. Clean the floor thoroughly with Bona Wood Floor Cleaner. Repeat if necessary.
2. Rub down the surface with abrasive paper grit 120-150. Make sure no areas of the floor remain untouched by the sanding.
3. Remove dust.
4. Apply 1-2 layers of paint.
When Can My Floor Be Used Again?
The floor will usually take light foot traffic 8 hours after application. After 24 hours, furniture can be returned but wait with the heavy objects until after the first few days. After one week the finish has
reached full hardness and carpets can be replaced.
Keep Your Floor Beautiful
Dry clean the floor regularly with a vacuum cleaner, a soft broom or a Bona Dusting Pad. On occasion, mist the surface with Bona Wood Floor Cleaner and wipe clean. If the floor needs freshening up, apply a layer of Bona Wood Floor Polish, to bring back the lustra of the wood.