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zakany 09-24-2012 03:45 PM

Installing hardwood floors - when to paint?
Since I am installing solid hickory flooring, I thought it would be wise to first paint the rooms and remove the baseboards for refinishing. Assuming two coats of a quality latex paint, how far in advance of receiving the flooring for acclimation should I paint the rooms?

I understand that latex paint can take a month to fully cure, but would a week be enough time for most of the water to outgas?

I plan to let the hickory sit for two weeks prior to installation.

If the answer involves a moisture meter, could someone recommend a make/model for a DIYer?

Ed911 09-24-2012 08:23 PM

paint and flooring...
As soon as the paint drys...paint on Tuesday...floor on Wednesday.

joecaption 09-24-2012 09:17 PM

Once the paints dry, not cured you can work on the floor.

Awoodfloorguy 09-24-2012 11:12 PM

We work around painters schedules all the time and it will not be an issue regardless of when you do it. I always recommend to our clients painting after the floors are done, as the walls can get scuffed up a bit. On the other hand, painters usually say the opposite. If using prefinished flooring, I would suggest opening the boxes it will help with acclimation, or if you are able, even take the wood out of the boxes and stack it.

aerynnbrook 09-25-2012 02:38 AM

You have to paint first and then you can install the floor. generally 2 weeks are enough for paint to dry.

oh'mike 09-25-2012 05:20 AM

Paint ceiling---one coat on the walls--then the floor---

After the floor is installed and finished--and trim is installed--add the final coat to the walls.

Like the other floor guys said---there will be scuffs---

zakany 09-25-2012 08:54 AM

Thank you all for your advice. It helps me schedule this project.

Plank hickory probably isn't the easiest choice for a first-timer, but that's what the wife liked and the cost is reasonable buying direct from the mill. If I mar my walls in the process, I can always give it another coat, since I'm using that same paint color in other rooms.

Ed911 09-25-2012 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by zakany (Post 1016942)
Thank you all for your advice. If I mar my walls in the process, I can always give it another coat, since I'm using that same paint color in other rooms.

If you scratch the walls and it goes through the paint, down to the drywall...or even if it's a minor scratch in a noticeable place that will show, you can always use a four inch knife and Dap's Fast and Final Light weight spackling compound to fill the ding. Then hit it with some fine sand paper on a sanding block and repaint just that spot.

Even though your using a four inch knife, you only want a dab on the blade, like the size of a marble, just a little more than enough to fill the ding.

The product says no sanding, but if you don't, it won't I don't know what's up with that.

Good Luck.

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