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Old 05-22-2022, 11:24 AM   #1
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Epoxy painted floors

My son has a small TT and needs to replace the flooring at a low cost. Current thought is to install tempered masonite and paint it with like an epoxy garage floor paint.


Does anyone have real life experience in doing this.
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No experience with Masonite and epoxy paint, but inexpensive floors, you bet!

When I got my motorhome I had to do the galley and bathroom floor, I went with a vinyl product that had an adhesive stripe, that went down fast and laid down flat... now my TT needs a new floor and I got 8mm float floor (snap together boards) for a little over $100... but, no sub floor.

If he is not pulling all the fixtures and is going to have to cut around everything... I would go with 1/8" plywood from the big box mart... (4'X8' sheets are about $20, and he'll need at least four... about the same cost of Masonite and a better sub floor for later...) then do a vinyl plank or peel and stick over it... taping all the seams of the plywood....
(Or, if the existing floor is level, just a vinyl plank over it will work too...)

Self adhesive 7mm vinyl planks at 12" X 20" come in a box for about $1.10 a sq ft...
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He has a peel and stick plank floor now. Due to expansion/contraction with wild temp swings they keep popping off.
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I guess you have to think about material dollars AND labor for the complete equasion. Epoxy (2 part) is not cheap, the prep for using it such as covering the existing flooring will require some kind of material worthy to paint on. As mentioned above ,,,will the new floor be fitted around cabinets , precise fit will be required if paint will ne used. I understand peel and stick flooring has big time issues in an RV, my solution for the "new" flooring would be floating vinyl planking. Cost? may be a little on the pricy side but the finished product will be an added value to the RV.
Getting back to the popping up stick on flooring, if it's that bad pulling it up for something new dose not seem that difficult. However if it's flat and smooth it might be ok for a new floating vinyl plank system.
I've put a vinyl plank float floor over a sheet vinyl floor and the results were great. Got the planking at HD , instructions said to allow 1/4" around the parimeter , I violated those instructions :( RV floors are quite small compared to S/B home rooms so expansion is far less.
If it were my son I would make these same recomendations,,,, and I'd help him HA!

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Tempered Masonite is pretty slick. I use it as a replaceable top on my workbench. I can pop off glue, paint and varnish splatter with a putty knife. I would wonder how well epoxy would adhere. It would stick better to 1/4” plywood underlayment.
A floating floor sounds like a better way to go.
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Places like Big Lots that sell discontinued or leftover merchandise often have LVT and such in small quantities (but likely enough for an RV) for dirt cheap. I think that would be a much easier install and look a lot better.
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An alternative to peel and stick is a floor which has sticky tabs that stick to each other and nothing is actually stuck to the base. It "floats" over whatever is below.
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