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Old 02/19/05, 06:09 PM
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Staining OSB

We're pulling up the carpet in the new singlewide. It's not very dirty, but with two little boys, two dogs, a cat, a couple dozen parrots and my allergies, we do not need any carpet in the house.

We cannot yet afford to install hardwood or even new vinyl at this present moment. We're trying to decide between paint or stain. Maybe using both. I'd like to paint the floor in the boys' room and stain the rest. Home Depot had a gallon of a one coat MinWax stain and sealer for about $25. It says one coat coverage for about 600 square feet. We'd need two gallons.

If we use this, would we need to put anything else on top?
Does anyone have any experience doing what we think we might like to do?
Any helpful suggestions and/or recommendations?

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Old 02/19/05, 07:12 PM
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Daybird be careful, be very careful what you put on that OSB! If not done correctly (and even a bit if done right) the OSB will fluff up a little and you and your kids will get more slivers than you could ever imagine. we lived with OSB floors upstairs for three years and I found that a good coat of primer, then a good coat of floor paint seemed to seal the stuff pretty well. I did have to go back and remove/repair some areas that fluffed into sliver material but that was not too bad. This past year I actually faux painted it to look like red brick flooring and it turned out great. Putting the two coates of polycrit over the paint really made it smooth too. Good luck with your project! Sisterpine

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Old 02/19/05, 08:03 PM
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Sisterpine has some good points. First of all (in theory) OSB will not absorb paint. Secondly, you'd be amazed at what you can do with a floor with paint. Use you imagination. I've seen and done numerous different paint jobs on floors. They all look good and hold up well.

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Old 02/19/05, 08:12 PM
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Sisterpine has some good points. First of all (in theory) OSB will not absorb paint. Secondly, you'd be amazed at what you can do with a floor with paint. Use you imagination. I've seen and done numerous different paint jobs on floors. They all look good and hold up well.

There was OSB in the doublewide we used to live in. My wife painted the kitchen floor in 18 inch blocks, checkerboard with two shades of green paint. That looked very nice.

So you think I should paint and not stain? That I should put down a good primer, then the paint and then two coats of sealer?

What about a nice chocolate brown?
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Old 02/19/05, 08:31 PM
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I would go with primer and deck paint. But don't use 'kilz' or anything like that. OSB is toxic enough by itself. But stain would prob not hold up very well and you will want a decent surface to put your new floor covering on when you can afford it.

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Old 02/19/05, 08:38 PM
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I would go with primer and deck paint. But don't use 'kilz' or anything like that. OSB is toxic enough by itself. But stain would prob not hold up very well and you will want a decent surface to put your new floor covering on when you can afford it.

I'm just thinking that I could buy vinyl remnants for what it would cost to put down four coats. I'm just looking for a temporary fix, just so we can move.

I have an almost unlimited supply of pallets from work. We get about 25 each week. I was telling my lovely wife that they're mostly made from oak and that I could bring them home (once we get a truck). They ugly ones can be used for raised garden beds and compost bins and any number of other things. I'm thinking that I could buy a planer and pull the pallets apart and run the boards through the planer. That seems to be an easy way to get a nice oak floor. Again, something for a future project.

The entire trailer is just a temporary fix. Just something to live in long enough to build a house.
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Daybird,

Stain on OSB might look good but is not durable, would require a polyurethane finish on top of the stain to seal it. Most likely at least four coats. Most likely your best bet is to paint it and lightly sand with 220 open grit sandpaper between each coat, would also be required for polyurethane. You would have a good durable finish that way.

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Oak floors from pallets sound lovely! Remember, temporary tends to last much longer than we ever expect it too. Vinyl remnents sound nice too. You can do some real creative decorating with remnants.

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One coat of primer (to get the paint to adhere) and 1 or two coats of good floor paint will do the trick. Remember, especially in paints, good is not necessarily expensive. Should be easy, fast and inexpensive. I've done this before with great results and it holds up well.

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It sounds like you have your heart set on a wood look - you could try the faux technique that simulates wood.
Paint the floor first. Then use gel stain to simulate grain. Put it on (lightly, it doesn't take much) with a rag, using long parallel strokes. Then start wiping it off with a clean rag until you have the desired effect.
It's really very easy and fast.

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Old 02/20/05, 08:42 AM
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It sounds like you have your heart set on a wood look - you could try the faux technique that simulates wood.
Paint the floor first. Then use gel stain to simulate grain. Put it on (lightly, it doesn't take much) with a rag, using long parallel strokes. Then start wiping it off with a clean rag until you have the desired effect.
It's really very easy and fast.

I've not thought of that. I've seen it on TV alot. There's a little tool to use that makes simulated wood grain. I'll mention that to my wife.

I started pulling up some of the carpet. Where the carpet in the living room joins the vinyl in the kitchen, the carpet had been kicked up a little so I just pulled it on loose. There's an amazing amount of dirt under there. I'm very happy that we'll be pulling it up.

I've taken vacation this week. We're about to leave on the 90 mile drive to go spend the day at the new place. My dear wife hasn't seen the house on the land yet. It was only delivered Tuesday.

Is there anything useful that can be done with all the ugly red carpet we'll be pulling out?
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Use the carpet in rows between your veggies in the garden--nice paths, and no weeding them. Use to cover boat seats if you have wooden ones. Save some small pieces to cut to fit the feet on your furniture. Glue on with silicone glue, and your stuff will glide over hard surfaces.

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If you check at lowes hidden in the back you may be able to find some really cheap vinyl rugs that were cut for someone else but the cut was measured wrong I got a 12 x 20 for $50. and it was the good stuff. I got another one 12x10 for $20. I have made friends with some of the workers and they keep an eye out for me. The osb is good for walls but not really for floors after a time of repeated walking on it tends to start chipping up. Good luck Rannie

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Old 02/20/05, 10:43 AM
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Since the carpet is in fairly good condition you could probably sell it. We saved the carpet remnants from building our new house to use as door rugs, dog beds, car mats, etc.

I would definitely check around for vinyl remnants. It will hold up better than paint on OSB and, considering the cost of paint, may run you about the same price. Call some flooring stores and see if they have remnants, miscut pieces, etc.

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Old 02/20/05, 07:23 PM
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Did you know...

...the top of the carpet may look decent but that the bottom of the carpet can be absolutely disgusting? The binding was terribly stained and in places somewhat sticky. The really cheap underpad was degrading. The subfloor was stained with one big ugly black spot right in the middle of the floor. We swept up at least two pounds of sand from underneath it all. My mom told me that stuff was probably the carpet powder that people put down when they vacuum. I'm so glad we pulled it up. We'll eventually be pulling it up in the rest of the house.

We did get down one coat of a tinted primer. Which shade of poo do you imagine we picked out? The tinted primer is kind of a baby poo green. It will get at least one coat of a decent color later this week. The entire room already had a different appearance. I took pictures of it all during the process. Once we move, I'll hook the scanner back up and get some pictures posted somewhere so you all can see what we've been up to.

I think I'll put the old carpet upside down on the driveway and cover it over with some gravel.

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Hi Y'all,

We have OSB on the wall in the downstairs living room of our
'70's built house, and in the entry.
It had been painted orange with a transparent stain of some sort.
UGLY!
I painted the OSB in the living room w/ a coat of water-based KILZ, to
seal it. Then a coat of light gold paint. DSW is going to go over it
with a darker gold in a light rag-paint for a nice mottled effect.
I have to say, it looks a LOT better.
I'm going to do the entry this week.
Gotta do something to keep busy. I'm re-tired, & lovin' it.
Have a good-un

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Old 02/21/05, 06:26 PM
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Hi Y'all,

We have OSB on the wall in the downstairs living room of our
'70's built house, and in the entry.
It had been painted orange with a transparent stain of some sort.
UGLY!
I painted the OSB in the living room w/ a coat of water-based KILZ, to
seal it. Then a coat of light gold paint. DSW is going to go over it
with a darker gold in a light rag-paint for a nice mottled effect.
I have to say, it looks a LOT better.
I'm going to do the entry this week.
Gotta do something to keep busy. I'm re-tired, & lovin' it.
Have a good-un

I have seen OSB on the walls stained on several occasions and to me it looked amazing. Also, all those people on TV stain plywood floors all the time now. I had never seen OSB floors stained but those are the reasons I thought I might give it a try. It took hours to pull up the staples that the carpet was installed with. I'm glad we painted it. I was there again today and that poo green primer was actually a golden brown color with sunlight shining through the windows. I kind of liked it. We'll have to see what she says about it.
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