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Floor Paint & Floor Varnish

Painting floors seems risky unless you know what you’re doing and what surface you’re working with. With a hard-wearing, non-slip, mid-sheen or gloss finish, you can easily take control of painting your floor. Our range includes floor paints which are waterproof, washable and available in a range of colours. 

Browse our floor paints and see which will work wonders on your floors. As a leading stockist of floor paints, The Paint Shed has the widest range of brand paints and custom mixes you’ll find online.

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What paint do I need to use on my floor?

The paint you need will depend a lot on the surface you’re working with, what prep works need carrying out, and what finish you’re looking for. The type of paint needed for tiles in your kitchen will be completely different than the floor paint for wood in your bedroom. 

We have a range which covers all bases, and you can start by using the filter option on the left side of the page to narrow your selection down based on surface.

What brands make the best floor paint?

The Paint Shed always stocks brands we believe provide the best value for money, and there are many which develop products for different floor types. Some of the most notable floor paint brands include:

  • Dulux Trade
  • Johnstone’s Trade
  • Johnstone’s Woodworks
  • Macpherson Trade
  • Blackfriar
  • Armstead
  • Coo-Var
  • Rocktop
  • Sadolin
  • Osmo

What do I need to paint surfaces outside?

When working with “floors” outside, in areas like your garage or driveway, you’ll need to get specific paints which are made to deal with precise materials and external factors. For example, someone painting their garage floor will want to look at concrete paint, while someone with decking around the house should get wood oil & wax, which is microporous and provides UV protection.

For anyone about to paint over wooden floors in their home, it is worth visiting our woodcare section

What paint should I use if I'm painting floors just outside my house?

If you have had it with that one step outside the door that people always slip on, you’re going to want paint which is specifically formulated to be anti-slip or has low slip properties when it gets wet.

The best options within the range include:

What paint should I use if I'm working around my house?

For anyone working on multiples surfaces, moving from tile to wood to metal, you can’t go wrong with Rocktop Multi-Surface Clearcoat as your finish. It will help if you’ve been working with different materials and want to ensure the job looks as best as possible in the end. We have Rocktop Multi-Surface Clearcoat available in Satin, Matt & Gloss.

What varnish should I use if I'm working around my house?

Depending on the surface, you can’t go wrong with either Sadolin Polyurethane Floor Varnish Gloss or Johnstones Quick Dry Polyurethane Floor Varnish Satin. Which one you need will be down to the finish you want.

How long do floor paints take to dry?

It all comes down to the product you’re using and the surface you’re working on. For example, a coat of Johnstone’s Flortred is touch day within 4 hours on average, while the likes of Blackfriar Polyurethane Floor Paint recommend 16 hours between recoats.

When working on floors, it is best to err on the side of caution and take a “coat a day” approach for best results. 

Which floor paints come in different colours?

Any product you see in this section with a colour wheel beside it highlights that it can be pre-mixed to a specific finish (this varies by brand). If you are looking specifically for tinted colours on the floor, we recommend you check out Johnstone’s Flortred Tinted and Armstead Floor Paint Ready Mixed.

What do I need to get the floor ready to paint?

Getting a ready floor starts with a surface test. Depending on the surface, you’ll want to check as follows:

  • Existing hardwood floors require a simple surface test
  • Interior work on concrete and wooden floors will need latex or oil-based paint, while laminate floors will not accept paint. You need to do a surface test by painting a small section and waiting for any reactions
  • For floors with an existing finish, a compatibility test is needed. If any wrinkling, lifting, or discolouration occurs, the existing finish will need to be removed.

After your test, right before painting on the floors, you’ll want to make sure:

  • The floor is dry
  • The floor is dust-free
  • The floor is fully cleaned
  • Uneven surfaces are sealed or adequately prepared

If you’re working on wooden floors, please double check you have everything you need at our Woodcare section. It has fillers and cleaning solutions that help get wooden floors ready.

Once you have the floor ready, you can begin prepping your surface for paint by scuffing your floor with grit paper (you can get some in our accessories section). Follow by vacuuming dust and wiping the surface down to ensure maximum floor paint adherence. If your floor is prepped and fully dry, you can apply primer. Some trade floor paints will be self-priming, but it is best to check if a priming layer is required. Allow this layer to completely dry, then begin applying your floor paint. 

Add a thinning agent if one is required (we have Bartoline Pure Turps available). Using a roller affixed to an extension pole, work in quick, even movements. Try to paint in one direction consistently and do not overload the roller. When you’ve finished your floor, immediately clean your roller and brushes so they can be used for future touch-ups.

Need help with floor paint? Talk to The Paint Shed

If this is your first time painting floors, we recommend visiting our Tips & Advice section to read some of the articles focussed on specific surfaces. If you have a question about floor paint, get in touch with the customer team here.