painting a plywood floor what should i use?


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Old 09-14-05, 08:12 AM
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Question painting a plywood floor what should i use?

you will all be hearing from this novice do it yourselfer often. we just bought an 1880's farmhouse that needs some attention.

i pulled up some old carpet in a small bathroom and was hoping to find hard wood floors like there are around that room and found what looks like plywood with some of that carpet adhesive on it. I don't want to pull up the plywood because i'm not sure if there is flooring below it and eventually we are going to put in wood floor.

i am looking for a temp. fix. can i just put a primer over the plywood and paint it instead of sanding away the adhesive on the plywood. will the primer make it smooth enough so it doesn't look awful? what kind of primer and paint should i use? Am i thinking about all this all wrong? help!
 
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Old 09-14-05, 10:07 AM
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Hi I live in an 1830's plantation house that needs some attention lol
I'm sure you will be finding lot's of suprises as I have

I would put some Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio latex enamel on it
You will have to remove all of the adhesive though
I would not sand it off if at all possible
Sanding would tend to grind it into the wood
Scrape with putty knives, razors, a solvent if need be
Only sand the wood after it's all off

The F&P needs no primer, (a primer would not smooth out a rough surface anyway), but puts a durable, scrubable finish on there
 
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Old 09-14-05, 10:24 AM
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As slickshift said using a combination of scraping and scrubbing with paint thinner you should be able to get the adhesive off. Most any brand of porch and deck enamel should give you the job you want.
 
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Old 09-14-05, 12:11 PM
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thanks marksr and slickshift, i started sanding it and it did just that. one more question for you guys. i am painting the wall in that same bathroom and i think its an oil paint on there now. should i sand it, prime it and paint with latex paint, there is no shower its a half bath. do i need to totaly take the paint off first and what should i use to do that? thanks!
 
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Old 09-14-05, 12:23 PM
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First check it:
http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=230633
It would be pretty unusual for it to still be oil up there
 
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Old 09-14-05, 02:01 PM
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will do on the walls. if i am going to use a wood filler and wood epoxy on one of the baseboards in there can i paint over it with a latex primer and paint or do i need to use a different kind of primer and paint?? thanks for getting me through this first project : )
 
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Old 09-14-05, 04:40 PM
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I usually use a latex wood filler
Latex goes right over it
I think it's by Elmers
I always have some in the van
If you need the actual name I'll pop out and check
It's not as easy to find as I would think

I haven't needed to use a 2 part wood epoxy in ages
Are you repairing something?
I usually replace or use Gorrilla Glue
 
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Old 09-15-05, 10:52 AM
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of course i already bought that expensive abatron wood epoxy. i am repairing a sorta big hole in the base board. since i paid the money already i'd like to use it but now i'm wondering what i'd need to do to make latex paint stick on it. what do you think i should do?
 
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Old 09-15-05, 10:58 AM
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Also one other thing. I can see dirt, which i think is the dirt under our house through the hole between the base board and the plywood floor. now you know everything. what should i do?
 
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Old 09-15-05, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by kh101
i am repairing a sorta big hole in the base board.
You are epoxying a broken piece of the baseboard back, or is it an unfinished repair piece?
If it is finished like the rest, just epoxy it in and sand down any squeeze out, you'll be fine
If it is an unfinished repair piece, it will have to be primered
Personally I'd primer the whole length of that piece of molding
If you are painting the molding, you may need to do that anyway, depending on what is on there now
If you are goobing up a hole with expoxy...I'm not sure, as I would use latex wood filler
I suppose an oil primer and then latex over that would work
 
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Old 09-15-05, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by kh101
Also one other thing. I can see dirt, which i think is the dirt under our house through the hole between the base board and the plywood floor. now you know everything. what should i do?
Find out
I wouldn't be suprised if you are correct in your assumption
Stick something down the hole so you can find it when you are under the house
Preferably some thing bright and colorful
 
 

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