following are some things to consider when you are ready to paint your floor:
Materials to have on hand
- masks (fume protection)
- big paint buckets if you are mixing or
- 10-12 small objects to weight the perimeter if you are outside
broom(s) and/or mop(s) for prep
- a bucket with water & a little dish
- paint and associated supplies
floors are very easy to clean. Use a minimum of water when prepping the floor
because the floor has to be absolutely dry when you paint - not even moist! This
procedure is recommended even for a new floor to ensure a good clean surface for
- Sweep the floor to remove surface dirt and dust.
dirty areas with a very mild solution of lukewarm water and mild dishsoap. No
Windex, bleach, ammonia or other harsh detergents. Do not scrape or scrub.
off the soap with a minimum of water, using damp rags or mops.
- Dry thoroughly
- Consider taping down large sheets of banner paper under
the perimeter of the floor before painting to protect the area from overspray.
to think about
- Safety first! Consult the paint
manufacturer's instructions and follow all safety precautions. Paint is a combustible
chemical that can do serious damage to the lungs, skin and internal organs if
not handled properly.
- Fumes: Paint in a very large building
if possible; outdoors is the 2nd best choice because of wind. If you
are painting in a gym, use the vent fans, open the doors, and bring your own fans
to help alleviate the fumes. You will want to invest in masks for everyone
involved and consider health factors such as asthma and allergies.
smoking anywhere near the paint site!!!
- Prep: Moisture
(or wetness), dirt and/or debris on the tarp will show up as imperfections when
you paint the floor. It's worth the time you will take to properly prep the floor.