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Old 08-12-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Should i paint subfloor? Has anyone installed vinyl floating flooring?

I pulled all the carpet out of the scamp last night.. And I only found one spongy area that needs repaired in the rear corner (the leak was caused by a bad caulk seam along the aluminum exterior rib and a leaky 12v water pump.... 3 seconds and some silicone, and both leaks are fixed. ).. I am going to cut out and re-glass the 12in x12in rotted area. The rest of the floors are amazingly solid and water-stain free..

I am going to install a floating vinyl laminate floor (HD brand "allure"). Now the question is.... Should i coat/paint the floor with something before i install the flooring. My thoughts are the following..If there is a leak, or spill?? Wouldn't it be better to have a good moisture barrier to keep water from soaking in the OSB and compromising its structural integrity? I was debating coating the floor with fiberglass resin. But that seems like overkill, and to be honest... i don't want to be inside the scamp while that those chemicals are KICKING OFF. I already have a gallon of porch and floor paint (FLOOR-LEX) that has worked wonders on some of my home porch remodels. It withstands water and moisture, and it doesn't peel up. Does anyone see any downsides to painting the floor?

I also am going install some floor drains in all four corners,,, these will be recessed in the floor under dinette benches and bunk/couch base... These drains will be pvc pipe with a threaded drain cap.... (just in case there is a spill, leak, or faulty connection in water tank). I will be able to raise or lower the back/front, and all water will drain out.

I was also going to re-resin the underside of the scamp... Has anyone done this? Once again,,, my thoughts are that it will just seal anything up that needs re sealed..

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Has anyone installed a "floating floor" in a camper (i.e Allure vinyl laminate) I am debating whether i should glue it down, or let it float. Pinning it to the floor with some toe strip trim. This floating floor is to keep things from raising up during expansion and contraction from temperature fluctuations.

Thanks in advance for any info... Rookie here.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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Hi Kevin, I put an Allure floor in my last trailer and loved it. I didn't paint first, there was no need to and I didn't have to glue it down either. It was easy and looked good and I will put it in my new trailer this fall. Marina
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:24 AM   #3
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thats good news,,, because i already ordered it... I can't wait for it to arrive. It is going to make a huge difference. thanks
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:18 AM   #4
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I cant see any down side to painting your floor first. I would certainly help if you developed moisture underneath the laminate from condensation caused buy the inside temp and the out side temp being different or in case of a leak.
I was thinking of puting the 2 part epoxy grage floor paint in my U-haul. The kind with the little flakes you sprinkle on after you role it on instead of a vinyl floor.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:16 AM   #5
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My DH owned and operated a hardwood floor business and always advocated sealing the sub-floor! It can't hurt anything to do it!


Everytime we pulled carpet in any of our homes, whether carpet was going back in (usually not!) or another floor covering, we sealed the sub-floor. Just something we did.



It wasn't something he did for customer's unless sub-floor was super nasty but did recommend they do it themselfs.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:51 AM   #6
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When I install that type of floor in a trailer, I generally coat it with an industrial grade floor wax like RedMax. Two coats will seal the floor nicely and facilitate cleaning. It enhances and preserves the shine and is instantly restored by mopping the floor with an ounce of wax to a gallon of warm water.(instructions on the bottle)
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #7
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We also installed an allure floor. I don't see the need to glue or tack it down, however a nice "baseboard" makes it look really nice. I also sealed my floor before I laid down new flooring. Just a personal perference.
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re doing the underside of the Scamp was covered here
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I paint any of the floor that is exposed and any that I expose. We have had a pipe come off spilling water on part of the floor. The unpainted OSB sucks it up while it seems to just sit on the painted OSB. If I owned the company it would all be painted.

As well I've painted the underneath simply using a spray paint. I had considered using a white truck bed liner paint but have not yet gotten to it. It does not seem that the floors rot from the bottom.
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Yes !!
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:33 PM   #12
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its painted... and it is completely sealed up... thanks for the info. I feel better about installing the floor now that i know water won't saturate the osb from the inside. Thanks again. As soon as i get some time i will post pics of the remodel.. It is going great.. I love the simplicity of the scamp.
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its painted... and it is completely sealed up... .


It isn't gonna hurt a thing haveing it sealed. So probably your best bet! Please do post pic's of your projects!
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:35 PM   #14
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I started a project thread... here is link.. (hope this works).

Our 1990 16ft scamp remodel project .. pics
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