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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Painted Plywood Floors - Early Results

As the primer went down, we could tell that although it was covering really well, it wasn't going to give us the results we needed.  The seams were still plainly visible, we had missed a lot of nail heads, and the texture just wasn't good enough.

We had to change our strategy and come up with a new game plan.

We knew that try as we might, we were NEVER going to even out those seams with elbow grease and sandpaper.  We needed help.  So we ran out and bought this little guy.
Did it help?  Sure!  Was it going to give us the results we wanted?  Absolutely not :(  You would think with a name like 'Mouse', it would have all the power you needed to tackle any sanding job?  But I'm here to tell you that just wasn't the case.  

I won't put the little guy down, he definitely did a better job than WE were going to do on our own, but it wasn't going to make those seams any smaller.  He did, however, work GREAT for sanding down our wood filler.  All the nail holes and seams that were covered with filler got sanded pretty darn good, and we were very happy with the results!  But we've got over 900 square feet up here, and so far we've only tackled one 11' by 12' room.  It was clear the mouse would have to step aside for a little while.


  1. you mentioned filling nail holes. do I need to use a nail tap to push them down farther and then fill them? Also the Dap is it stainable? (or do you know) Last question. How have your floors held up in high traffic areas?

  2. In my case, the framers used a nail gun, which caused about 90-95% of the nails to drive into the wood, leaving indentions of various sizes. In the rare case one wasn't, I walked around with a hammer and gave them a few taps to level them out. If a nail went in at an angle and there was a bit of the nail head showing, both the edger and the belt sander made easy work of them, sanding them down pretty quickly.

    As for the DAP, it doesn't actually say on the container if it is stainable. My initial thoughts would be that it would look 'out of place' if you tried to stain it, but not having tried, I can't be sure.

    Lastly, this flooring project is very much a work in-progress. In fact, the trim carpenters are still working and they haven't even painted our house yet. I've gone as far as I can until they are done, then I will resume my blog and keep updating as to how it's progressing. Until then, I can't say how well it's holding up to traffic. Everything I've read indicates oil-based paint will hold up well, provided I keep the polyeurethane coating in good condition. I'll definitely add updates once it's complete and I'm able to assess its level of upkeep.