Laminate is one of the most popular flooring materials that Americans use. It looks nice when installed, works well on top of a good layer of underlayment.
Although laminate tiles come in different colors to give you ultimate freedom choosing the favorite color, they may not look interesting anymore after a few years.
To deal with the problem, you need to find a way to make things look aesthetic again. So, you may have asked yourself! Can laminate be painted or stained?
In short- Yes, you can paint laminate with appropriate color but laminate can’t be stained because of the manufacturing technique of it. There is nothing in the laminate that can soak the stain. Ultimately, you’ll find yourself in a state of bother because of the wet stain on the laminate surface.
Now, here is the next step. How to paint laminate floor?
How To Paint Laminate Floor - Step By Step
Before you start, keep in mind that painting laminate flooring is not as easy as painting a concrete or wooden surface. It requires more surface preparation and takes almost a month to finish. Here’s what you need to do-
Supplies You Need
- Laminate Paint
- Laminate Primer
- Laminate Patching Materials
- Laminate Cleaner
- Stirring Stick
- Paint Brush
- Paint Roller
Estimated Cost: 300 USD
Estimated Time: 1 Month
1. Choose Appropriate Paint
Not all types of paint will stick to the laminate tiles. Polyurethane type of paint is good for use on laminate floors. And importantly, you’ll find some polyurethane paints that mimic stained surfaces. So, if you are a fan of stained surfaces, this should make you feel happy.
You’ll require around 2 to 5 coats depending on your preference and the product requirements.
2. Clean the Floor
For painting the laminate surface, proper clean up is mandatory. You can’t start painting right away! Use a good mop with a high-quality floor cleaner to clean things up.
Make sure there remains no dust on the surface. Leaving dust will make the floor ugly after you paint it.
3. Repair and Finish
As in most of the cases, people want to change the color of the laminate after a few years of usage. In the meantime, the floor becomes dented or cracked in some places. You must repair those blemishes with appropriate laminate floor patching material.
After repairing the dents, use one or two coat of laminate floor finish and let it cure for a week.
4. Apply Laminate Primer
After the curation process is done, use a coat of laminate floor primer for perfect surface preparation.
When priming the laminate floor, make sure to check the material carefully so that you do not end up using the wrong product on your floor. A wrong product can ruin all your works and importantly, the floor itself.
5. Apply Paint & Wait
Finally, it’s time to paint the surface. Start painting the laminate surface from a corner of the room and go backward.
A lot of people end up painting their surroundings. Don’t do this mistake! It will ruin your painting as you may need to walk through the wet painted surface.
Check the paint package for the exact curation period. In general, you need to give the surface more than a week to completely cure and dry out.
Now that you end up reading this, you already know the steps to paint the laminate floor. However, we don’t recommend painting laminate floors unless it is necessary. This is because painting or staining, whatever you call it, is a very tedious task when it comes to laminate floors.
Plus, you won’t get that shiny raw laminate look again after the painting. It will only give you a new color on the surface.
So, before picking up the flooring materials, think twice, thrice, or as many times as you want! But decide wisely so that you can have those laminate tiles in place for years to come without any modification.