Laminate flooring is a great way to give your home a new look without the hassle of sanding and refinishing. It’s also easier to clean than traditional hardwood floors, making it an ideal choice for families with children or pets. However, if you decide that laminate isn’t right for your needs, after all, removing paint from laminate flooring can be tricky.
One of the newest trends in floors is laminate floors that have a wood look. The ‘wood’ is printed on 3/8 inch thick HDF boards. The boards snap together with tongue and groove joints. When you get paint on your floor, it can be frustrating because it’s so hard to find information about how to get paint off laminate flooring.
In this blog post, we will walk through some tips on how to remove paint from laminate flooring so that you can have a fresh start.
Tips On How To Remove Paint From Laminate Flooring:
1. Scrape It Off:
Paint will not adhere to laminate flooring. This means that if you try to pick the paint up with a putty knife or scraper, you should be able to remove most of it this way. Use a heat gun and scrape off the majority of the paint by hand and then use a scraper and putty knife to remove the rest.
2. Use A Paint Thinner Or Solvent To Clean It Off:
If the paint is in the wood grain, try cleaning it off with a paint thinner or solvent. You can use mineral spirits or turpentine for this. However, be very careful when using these types of chemicals since they can irritate your skin and lungs, as well as damage the floor if not handled correctly.
3. Use A Commercial Paint Remover:
There are several types of commercial paint removers that you could try using. These paints will be more expensive than other options but can also be faster and easier to use (especially for large jobs). One of these types of commercial paint removers is called Gel Paint Remover.
If you are looking for instructions on how to remove paint from floors, this will probably be the best option for you since it’s specially designed with this type of material in mind. It is very easy to use and can cut down on your overall time spent trying to remove paint from your laminate floor.
It also contains no harsh chemicals like turpentine or mineral spirits, which is good news for your health and safety.
4. Sand Off The Top Layer Of Paint With A Buffer Or Sander:
You could also try sanding down the top layer of paint using a buffer or sander. This will depend on the type of paint that you used since some types are easier than others to sand off. For example, oil-based floor paints are easy to sand while certain acrylic paints might be more difficult to remove using this method. Just make sure that you wear protective gear like goggles and gloves when doing any sort of sanding project.
That’s it for how to remove paint from laminate flooring. We recommend trying all of these methods in order, starting with the easiest (scraping off the paint by hand) and working your way up to sanding off the top layer.
These methods work best when used together too you’ll be able to get faster results by using multiple techniques. Now that you know how to remove paint from laminate flooring, you can clean up any messes and get your home looking spic and span in no time.
Here’s What You Need To Do:
You’re going to want to pull up the flooring nails that are holding your laminate together. Most people rent an electric or pneumatic staple gun to get these out, but I recommend using a hammer, block of hardwood, and screwdriver.
Sounds crazy right? It’s not. If you use a regular hammer, place the screwdriver behind the block of wood and pull up on the head of the screwdriver to pry out each nail. You can also use pliers or even just your fingers to get under it if need be.
Once you have all nails removed, inspect the subfloor for any staples that were used to hold down the laminate. You can either take these out with your fingers or a screwdriver, depending on how deep they are.
Use an orbital sander to remove all of your old finish paint off of the floor. Make sure you wear safety equipment, I recommend wearing hearing protection and eye protection if it is powered.
When it’s stripped, wipe the floor down with a wet rag and add some dish soap to it. This will help clean the wood and soften the paint. If you have stubborn areas that just won’t come up, grab your favorite deck stain and use a brush to saturate the area. Let this dry for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
Now your floor is ready to be refinished.
If you don’t want to refinish the whole thing, you can use a paint remover product but it will eat away at your laminate veneer and probably remove it from the wood underneath if left on too long.
Don’t sand the floor if you’re not removing old paint because it will eat away at your laminate.
There are a lot of opinions as to what type of finish is best for this process, but we like Waterborne Polyurethane. All finishes could potentially react with the paint remover and even cause bubbling, so check for manufacturer recommendations depending on the product you are using.
This is our preferred finish for all of our projects, but you can also use Lacquer if needed. Follow this guide for lacquer finishing.
Sand down any high spots, don’t forget to remove your tape lines when the paint has dried, Wipe the floor with a wet rag and add dish soap to it, then wipe off any scrubbing beads that formed.
The thickness of paint depends on multiple factors including the type of finish you’re using and the porosity of the wood. For example, polyurethane is more porous than lacquer so will take longer to dry. Make sure your floor is completely dry before doing anything else.
If you have dried paint over your floor, apply mineral spirits to a rag and wipe it all off to get down to the original finish. This will allow you to reseal the floor without having any other products on top of it.
I hope this helps somebody out, Leave a comment below if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.