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Paint floor? (by Taylor [TX]) Jan 7, 2018 8:36 PM
       Paint floor? (by DJ [VA]) Jan 7, 2018 8:57 PM
       Paint floor? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 7, 2018 9:23 PM
       Paint floor? (by Tom [FL]) Jan 8, 2018 3:04 AM
       Paint floor? (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jan 8, 2018 3:31 AM
       Paint floor? (by Roy [AL]) Jan 8, 2018 3:47 AM
       Paint floor? (by LindaJ [NY]) Jan 8, 2018 4:52 AM
       Paint floor? (by plenty [MO]) Jan 8, 2018 5:54 AM
       Paint floor? (by Vee [OH]) Jan 8, 2018 6:13 AM
       Paint floor? (by Robin [WI]) Jan 8, 2018 9:11 AM
       Paint floor? (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Jan 8, 2018 9:24 AM
       Paint floor? (by Barb [MO]) Jan 8, 2018 12:43 PM
       Paint floor? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 3:47 PM
       Paint floor? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 5:29 PM

Paint floor? (by Taylor [TX]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 8:36 PM

Happy new year fellow landlords!

Question: do you ever roll paint over hardwood floors?

I have a good house in a blue collar neighborhood with a shortage of available and affordable rentals. The big flood event and strong job market in my town has made it a good market for me.

This house is getting a new kitchen and new paint inside and out and some other upgrades but I am simply tired of the full out, full week sanding and refinishing of the hardwood floors routine. These hardwoods are good, but wonít be spectacular after refinishing. Most of the rooms are fine and donít need refinishing yet anyway. But in one of the bedrooms, someone painted around the furniture with a dark color, leaving the outlines of the furniture. I would like to simply roll on a darker color paint, maybe a gray or brown, and get it rented.

What have you guys done in this situation?


Paint floor? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 8:57 PM

Gee, wasn't that nice of them to decorate for you?! Normally I hate the idea of painting wood. But in your case, if it's a lower level rental, it sounds like a good quick fix.

Paint floor? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 7, 2018 9:23 PM


Once painted you'll have to repaint at each turnover


it's cheap, easy, and quick!

We scuff the floor by hand with a sanding sponge (not as hard as it sounds)

Prime with Bonding Primer so it won't flake off

Paint with floor enamel - satin, not gloss, so you can repaint later and the non-shine does nto show the imperfections.

We paint a lot of low end floors. preference:

I found a guy who does floors part time, sands and stains on one night, 2 coats of poly on the next. Done. Best to let it cure (off gas) for a week before laying throw rugs but OK to walk on.

People LOVE hardwood and cheaper than repainting at each turnover.


Paint floor? (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:04 AM

Taylor of TX, I understand you just want it done. HOWEVER, once you paint, it will be forever painting it every tenant or every 3-5 years.

Find someone who will sand it and refinish the hardwood with poly. that's ok if its not the perfect floor. It will last longer refinished with 2 coats of poly than painting it.


Paint floor? (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:31 AM

try some of the products that rejuvenate. Buy an area rug. DONT PAINT. In a few years when TX is back to normal re-do the floors then Get rented for now

Paint floor? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:47 AM

I have painted old worn out hardwoods in Class C rentals and in hindsight, which is 20/20, I wish I had not done it. Like others have said, a traditional paint job will require repainting at turnovers (to cover gouges and scuff marks).

I have located a floor refinisher that sands/finishes hardwoods for $1.25 sq.ft and I have hired him to refinish all of those floors that I painted 5 years ago. He is not the best refinisher in the world but good enough for Class C rentals.

The only reason to paint hardwoods is when you have no other options available. Use paint only as a last resort.

If you do decide to paint, use an Oil based Floor Paint from Sherwin-Williams.

Paint floor? (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 4:52 AM

Even worn floors can have character. I have done a quick scuff sand with paper on a pole, then pad on a coat or two of poly. Satin finish. Leave the small dents and just poly it to preserve what is there.

If someone painted around furniture, it may be easier to paint the whole room, but will it be less work in the future? Will this bedroom decor allow an area rug to cover the mistakes? A remnant or something cheap enough that you can just throw it out after a tenancy if it is too dirty to clean. Another idea - can you paint a design that as it wears, has character to it, that way you don't have to repaint in a few years. Or maybe lay allure over it. --96.236.xx.xx

Paint floor? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 5:54 AM

a house with a new kitchen... and you want to paint the floors... you don't have to do the hardwood floors, there are people who will come and do it. Let them. In the end you will have a very nice house, and turn over will be a snap! Don't stop short, finish it right.

Paint floor? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 6:13 AM

I agree the sanding is tedious but looks so much nicer so much longer, I have painted some which were patched with plywood before my ownership, an area rug helps slow the scratching so when the house goes to market a light sanding and porch-floor paint in chocolate or just a bit lighter.

Paint floor? (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 9:11 AM

I bought a house with painted floors and repainted them instead of refinishing. I will not make that mistake again. Even using porch paint, the paint collects dust like crazy and just looks tacky. And I know it will be much higher maintenance than hardwoods.

You should be able to find someone to do the refinishing in two days or less.

Paint floor? (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 9:24 AM

Rent a floor sander then finish with a few coats of poly urethane. There are videos on You Tube on how to refinish hardwood flooring. It looks better then when turn over can try for a better tenant. As long as there is enough wood then refinish is the better option instead of a tacky flooring.

Paint floor? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 12:43 PM

I'd either sand and poly it or put down something different for flooring. I had one that had been painted. For years, I would get whatever carpet was cheapest at Lowe's. Roll it out in the room, cut to fit. Warn tenant it was loose laid and to be careful with vacuum in corners and on edges. Most don't vacuum enough anyway, it wasn't usually a problem.

For $150, you can often get enough carpet for the room.

When tenant moves out, if trashed, charge tenant to replace and get new. If it looks decent, keep. Often, you can roll it back to the center, vacuum under the carpet, then do the other half. You can tell from the back if they spilled liquid or not.

Paint floor? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:47 PM

I only paint wood floors when they smell like cat pee to begin the recovery. You can cover them with luan and then use vinyl tile over that. Or you can carpet the rooms to make them cozy and comfortable. No need to sand and finish the floors ever again. Painting a wood floor does not improve the value of your property.

Paint floor? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 5:29 PM

Can you use a throw rug?

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