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Video:How to Paint a Floor

with Debbie Anderson

The trick to painting a floor is a bit of pre-planning. After all, you don't want to paint yourself into a corner. Here are a few tips on how to paint a floor that will make the job hassle-free.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Paint a Floor

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home!

Taking on a large project, such as painting a floor requires a bit of pre-planning. So, today I'm going to show you a few basic tips on how best to set-up, prepare that area, and then go ahead and paint the floor.

Painting Supplies

For this project you will need a 9-inch polyester all-purpose roller with roller frame and extension handle, a metal roller tray, a pair of vinyl gloves, a natural bristle paintbrush, a roll of painter's tape, a utility knife, and latex floor paint.

Clear the Space

When painting interior floors, start by rolling up floor rugs, removing furniture, and clearing the entire floor space you will be painting.

Tape the Floor's Border

Next, use a roll of painters tape and a utility knife to tape around the entire border area of the room for the floor space you are painting. When applying painters tape to the borders, use long workable strips of tape and place each strip along the borders so that the edge of the tape is as close to the edge where the boarder meets the floor as possible without overlapping the tape onto the floors surface. Run your fingers along the tape to push out any air bubbles where paint could creep in under the tape while painting.

Paint the Perimeter

Next, load your paintbrush about half way up the bristles with paint and apply long smooth even strokes of paint around then entire perimeter of the floor space you are painting. While painting, be sure to pay extra attention to the corners and the areas of the floor that meet the bottom of the wall surfaces.

Paint the Interior

Pour a generous amount of paint in the bottom of the metal roller tray, just enough to fill up the deeper end of the roller tray and roll your paint roller in the tray until the entire roller is covered in paint. Remove any excess paint by rolling the roller over the rough end of the roller tray.

Starting at the furthest end away from your exit location, apply long smooth even rolls of paint to the floor area. Slowly roll the pain across the floor in a fluid up and down, left to right pattern until the entire floor surface is covered in paint.

Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

And there you have it! A few more tips for your next paint project!

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