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Painting Wooden Floor

Home repair expert Henry Harrison shows a guest how to properly paint a floor that is peeling.

Materials and Tools:

paint tray
paint roller
sanding block
sanding pole
stir stick
safety glasses
dust mask


1. Put on dust mask and safety glasses and scrape and sand trouble spots. Use a pole sander to cover large areas. Remember to sand with the grain of the wood.

2. Sweep up sand and dust and wipe up any residue with a damp towel.

3. Once the floor is dry, apply a coat of primer or use self-priming paint. Start at the perimeter of the room, cutting in with a paintbrush.

4. Paint the floor using a roller. Begin at the corner farthest from the door so you can paint your way out of the room. Always roll from a dry area to a wet area to minimize lap marks.

5. Let the paint cure for at least two days before walking on the floor.

6. To avoid peeling, use non-stick pads under any rugs used on a painted floor.

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