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Old 03-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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paint berfore sanding hardwood floors.


should i paint first and then refinish my hardwood floors?
Or sand the hardwood first, then paint.
or no difference.

I have primer on the walls already.

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Old 03-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Why would you want to take the chance of dripping paint on the floors?
Alway start at the ceiling and work your way down.

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I know this will sound backwards, but, I would rather have the floors done FIRST. The amount of dust you will produce goes everywhere no matter how good your dust collection system is. Once the floors are done, you can put brown paper down to cover them completely and then put some drops down over the paper. Unless you really have a great system of putting up plastic on your newly painted walls, you are going to be cleaning dust off of those very walls with the potential of mucking up a fresh paint job. Just my opinion.
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Been there done that.
A whole lot easyer to vacuum off and wipe up dust the try and scrape off paint splatter.
Hours and hours on my hands and knees getting it all off.
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On pro jobs I've been on, all the rough stuff (rebuild, taping ,up to prime) gets done, then the floor guy sands finishes and puts down the sealer coat.
I come back in- using drop cloths etc and finish painting. If I haven't been a total slob, the finish buffing the floor guy does gets any little specs, and he finishes.
Just for an idea how I've usually seen it.
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[QUOTE=joecaption;1145711]Been there done that.
A whole lot easyer to vacuum off and wipe up dust the try and scrape off paint splatter.
Hours and hours on my hands and knees getting it all off.[/QUOTE]


First rule of painting( at least in the top ten) put drops down to protect floors
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Floors always got finished first on my projects. Paint or papering is usually the last. I needed my projects clean and as dust free before paint was applied. I, or other painters with me carried two ounces worth of brush or roller covers and handles with them. Not giant drum sanders.

Drops (for dropcloths I assume) should catch most drips. Why anybody who paints would even think about spending hours on hands and knees fixing driplets amazes and baffles me. Never had clients down yonder in the hollar though. "Yo Jeb! Stop at the General Store and cop me a Phillie and a 40 ounce bottle of Old E and meet me on the dirt road near our old fishin hole!"

Little can of oops, a finger of mineral spirits or just a wet sponge has always taken any tiny mistakes off nicely finished flooring for me. If the finished floor was scheduled for its first waxing and polishing, as BJ suggests, all our tiny painting mistakes were buffed away.

Carpeting is a different issue to a point. I don't remember ever spending hours and hours cleaning paint drips off carpeting either though. Nice wide tape around and tucked near the baseboards and tarps over everything?

I should mention, since it has not come up in awhile, that we in the business used nice cotton/canvas tarps because they do not tear and they will absorb most driplets spilled on them. I have seen people chase latex paint driplets that do not stick to plastic tarps with a vacuum cleaner. Very funny to watch.

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First rule of painting( at least in the top ten) put drops down to protect floors
Buy nice canvas dropcloths. You will use them again. They are so much easier to work with than unrolling rolled up $2 plastic crap.


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