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Welcome to ReviewBox Brazil! If the floor of your home, office or outdoor area is worn out, or if you want to change the look of the environment, there are two options:

Change the entire coating, and face a construction work, or use floor paint. In this article, we'll show you the advantages of painting the floor, how and where to use floor paint and what aspects you should consider to buy the ideal one, according to your goal.




First of all, the most important thing

  • Floor paint is effective in renewing the surface without the need for construction work or excessive spending.
  • There is a specific type of paint for each floor, whether internal or external.
  • To buy the right paint, you should consider the type of paint, the surface and the gallon yield.

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Buying Guide

Before you invest in flooring paint, it is important to understand how it works, where it can be applied and how. To that end, we have created a Buying Guide. Below, you will answer these and other questions to buy the best floor paint according to your goal and needs.

Pessoa segurando lata de tinta.

The floor paint can be used in the most diverse places. (Source: Source: Anete Lusina/ Pexels.com)

What is floor paint?

The floor, whether it's an external or internal area, at home or at work, is also part of the decoration of the environment. So much so that, often, expensive investments are made in floor coverings.

But in addition to beautifying, the floor can also interfere in the sense of amplitude of the place, in thermal comfort, in the safety of those who walk on it, among other factors. And as it wears out over time, at some point it has to be replaced, which means a high investment and inconvenience with construction work.

Homem usando rolo para pintar.

The paint for the floor is specific to create a new look and withstand friction. (Source: rawpixel.com/ Pexels.com)

To avoid changing the floor covering and still ensure its renewal, a great alternative is floor paint. This paint can be used both to change the look of domestic environments, such as the kitchen, bathroom or balcony, as well as to ensure safety in the case of demarcations of roads and car parks.

Floor paint and wall paint: What is the difference?

Floor paint is different from wall paint and, therefore, one cannot replace the other. The main characteristic of floor paint is to offer a more rustic finish. This is precisely because the floor needs to be more resistant to footsteps and to the furniture that will be on it.

Using the right floor paint avoids the need for repairs.

Furthermore, using the right floor paint avoids the need for repairs for a longer time. This is because the floor paint is prepared to resist the coming and going of people and even vehicles. This is not the case with wall paint, which is less resistant to this type of friction.

With this, you might think that it is possible to paint the wall with the floor paint, right? But, no. If you apply a floor paint on the wall, you automatically lose the product warranty, if problems such as stains occur, for example. Not to mention that the finish will not look nice.

Floor paint: How and where to apply?

Floor paint can be applied both in external environments such as pavements, gardens, balconies, sports courts and garages, as well as in internal places such as offices, shops and homes. But it is necessary to pay attention to the manufacturer's recommendation, since each paint is specific to one type of surface. We will talk about this in Purchase Criteria.

Floor paint is an easy-to-apply product.

However, as each surface requires special care before receiving the paint covering, it is necessary to prepare it to make it porous. To do so, you should sand the floor and then clean it. Then, all you have to do is apply the floor paint, using a roller or brush. To make sure you don't make a mistake, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Generally speaking, floor paint should be applied two or three times, remembering that it is important to respect the drying time before applying a new coat of paint. It is also recommended that you use personal protective equipment when painting the floor. Among them, the main ones are: Gloves and goggles or protective masks.

Tips for a good application of floor paint:

  • Sand the floorwell and remove any excess dust;
  • The surface should be clean and dry;
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct mixing and dilution of the paint;
  • Remember to protect the areas that will not receive the paint, such as sockets, baseboards and doorways;
  • After painting, wait 48 hours for the release of people and 72 hours for vehicles

How long does floor paint last?

The durability of floor paint will depend on how it is applied and how the floor will be used. Generally speaking, this type of paint can last an average of two years without fading or cracking. However, it can last up to five years if applied correctly.

How to keep the floor paint in good condition?

Besides applying the paint correctly, you can also adopt other procedures to increase the useful life of the floor paint even more. One of them is to perform a good cleaning periodically. It is recommended that you use water and mild soap and bleach to clean the floor that received the paint. However, you also need to be aware of what not to do to keep the floor paint in good condition.

It is forbidden to use solvent-based products or waxes.

Experts warn that it is forbidden to use solvent-based products or waxes, as they can damage the colour of the paint. Another recommendation for preserving the floor paint is to put protectors on the feet of tables, chairs and sofas to avoid scratches on the floor. You can also avoid dragging furniture and objects and use rugs to protect the surface.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of floor paint?

In fact, the advantages of floor paint far outweigh its disadvantages. The first major benefit is that by painting the floor, you avoid spending more money on a job to replace the entire coating. The floor paint, besides being cheaper, is also easy to apply. Moreover, with it you can change the decoration of the environment whenever you want and make markings on the floor.

Piso pintado com marcação amarela.

You can make marks on the floor with the floor paint. (Source: Gianluca Baron / Unsplash.com)

Another advantage is that you can paint all kinds of floors, in addition to increasing the safety of the place with the anti-slip paints. It is also worth highlighting the durability of the floor paint that, if well applied, can resist well for up to five years. On the other hand, this type of paint offers a more rustic and rough finish, which is not always ideal for all environments and decorations. Below, you can see the table that we have prepared with the main pros and cons of floor paint.

Advantages
  • Easier and cheaper alternative to renew or change the look of the floor
  • Good durability
  • Paints various types of floors
  • Easy to apply
  • Serves to demarcate
  • Can increase safety
Disadvantages
  • More rustic finish
  • Lasts for five years at most

What is the price of floor paint and where to buy it?

Floor paint is easily found in specialized and department stores, as well as in large supermarket chains such as Lojas Americanas and Carrefour. Nowadays, however, the best option is to buy it without leaving home.

In this case, we recommend renowned online shops like Amazon Brasil. There you will also find a wide variety of brands and prices ranging from R$ 20 to R$ 2 thousand. This variation occurs depending on the brand, the type of paint and the size of the can.

Purchase Criteria: How to compare floor paints

To get it right when buying the best paint, you need to consider some factors that will make a difference to your investment. To help you, we have listed below the main factors that you should check. They are the following:

Below, you find out how to analyse these criteria.

Types of underfloor paint

There are two options of floor paint: acrylic and epoxy. Acrylic is based on acrylic resin, diluted in water and is more suitable for sub-flooring and cement. Epoxy floor paint, on the other hand, is made of thick resin. More durable, more resistant to humidity and friction, this option is indicated for ceramic floors.

Homem pintando quadra de esporte.

The paint to paint the floor of a sports court needs to be more resistant. (Source: Eugene/ Unsplash.com)

In both options it is possible to have different types of finish: matte, satin, semi-gloss and glossy. For external environments, prefer the matte finish and acrylic floor paint. For living rooms and kitchens, for example, the glossy or satin option makes the environment more modern.

Types of floor

As we have seen, there is an ideal paint for each floor. There are special paints for cemented floors, for demarcating garages, pavements, commercial floors, and leisure areas. But there are also options to be applied on porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, wood, marble, metal, glass, masonry, etc.

Colours

When choosing your floor paint, you should also take into account the colours of the room and of the furniture. This is because, with the painted floor, it is possible to maintain or create a new decoration.

If you want to take a chance, you can even create geometric drawings and demarcations on the floor using the floor paint. The most common colours you will find are: Red, black, yellow demarcation, grey, pure concrete, green, white and blue.

Anti-slip or not

We have already mentioned here that there are anti-slip floor paints. But the fact is that most of them do not have this feature. Therefore, whenever possible, we recommend that you choose this option.

Because it is non-slip, the paint will provide maximum adherence and more safety, especially on slippery floors, ramps, stairs and environments subject to humidity. In addition, the paint for floors that is anti-slip can also be applied on many different types of surface such as porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, wood and marble.

Quantity and yield

Also observe the amount of paint that you will need. This calculation should take into account the size of the surface to be painted. Generally speaking, the manufacturers specify on the package the quantity in litres and the corresponding yield in square meters.

For example: A can of floor paint with 18 litres can paint an area of approximately 380 m². To avoid making a mistake and buying less paint than you need, experts recommend that you always buy an extra amount.

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