Paint & Epoxy: How to Apply a Paint or Epoxy Floor Coating

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Painting a floor is part science, part art. Because floors and subfloors are made of a variety of materials, you'll need to be familiar with a number of preparation methods, paint products, and application techniques.

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Preparation of the surfaces you're painting is the key to success. Preparation will consume approximately 80 percent of the total time you'll devote to the project, but this time will pay off in the long run. Paint on a well-prepared surface can last for decades.

Quality primers and paints will adhere securely to the surface and won't easily fade, scratch, or scuff.

Prior to 1978 lead was a major ingredient in paints, but legislation that year banned its use because it is a carcinogen. Because you may be scraping, sanding, or otherwise removing existing paint in preparation for the new coating, you should determine if possible when that paint was applied. If that's not possible contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or your local health department for instructions on how to proceed where lead paint could be present.

To learn more about the hazards associated with lead-base paint, request a copy of the most recent literature from the EPA. It will provide information about how to test for the presence of lead paint, steps to take to minimize your exposure to lead where lead-base paint may be present, how to remove it safely, and in-place management of lead-base paint.


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