Painting Chipboard Floors

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The reason why people and companies like chipboard isn't just because it's affordable, it's also considered to be a more eco-friendly substitute to other materials.
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The reason why people and companies like chipboard isn't just because it's affordable, it's also considered to be a more eco-friendly substitute to other materials. You can do a lot with chipboard, but one of the most popular uses is as an alternative to flooring. It's also relatively easy to paint chipboard floor finishes.

What is Chipboard?

Chipboard, also known as cardboard or paperboard, is a thick paper of pressed fibers. Chipboard comes from 100 percent recycled paper that can be made from different grades. You can often find a variety of products made out of chipboard, even if it's super thin or very thick. To make chipboard, you have to press layers of recycled fiber together, and that forms a large piece of material.

Specific Chipboard Uses

You can use chipboard for a multitude of things like furniture, packaging, books and countertops. If you want to make flooring out of chipboard, you need to use a thicker, more sturdy material. This is manufactured by bonding small pieces of wood together, instead of paper.

People love using chipboard for flooring because it's way more cost-effective than wood or concrete. High-density chipboard that is made for flooring is hardwearing, rigid and heavy.

Benefits of Chipboard

Besides chipboard being cost-effective, it's also easy to lay, smooth and resistant, and safe to use. Since chipboard is engineered, the expansion and shrinkage of chipboard remain consistent. If chipboard flooring is glued correctly, then you won't experience any wobbling or creaking as the floor ages. Plus, it can be fixed with any screw, nail or adhesive.

You can also cut, shape and paint over it, but you don't need specific floor paint for chipboard.

Painting Hardboard Floors

To paint the chipboard, you're going to need newspaper or a large cloth, medium-grit sandpaper, a large dry cloth, primer, acrylic paint, clear-coat paint, three painting rollers and rubber gloves. Before you get started on painting hardboard floors, you're going to want to lay down the newspaper or large sheets. Make sure all of your chipboard is clean because the paint will not stick to greasy or dirty chipboard. If you have sweaty hands, wear rubber gloves while painting the board because moisture can also hinder the paint from sticking.

Use your medium-grit sandpaper and sand down the chipboard. By sanding the chipboard, this allows the paint to stick easily, and it also removes any imperfections that the chipboard may have. After you've sanded the chipboard until it's smooth, use a dry cloth to wipe down the surface of the chipboard. This ensures that there's no leftover debris.

Painting Chipboard Items

Before you start painting, use a primer on the chipboard so that it forms a protective barrier. Chipboard is a very porous surface, so using primer not only protects the barrier, but also creates a smooth painting surface.

When working with primer and paint, always wear protective gloves. When you apply the first coat of paint, apply it thinly and evenly. Make sure the paint dries thoroughly before you add any additional layers of paint. Never add thick coats of paint.

When you're painting chipboard, never use heavy water or oil-based paints. Acrylic works the best because heavy water or oil-based paints will soak into the chipboard. This will make your board look uneven. You shouldn't have to use more than two to three layers of paint for optimal coverage.

After you finish painting, seal it with a coat of clear sealant. This will protect the paint and give it a professional, glossy appearance. After the first coat of sealant dries, add one more layer of sealant.

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Allanah Dykes is a freelance writer and her work has been featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex, Gurl, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food 52.

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