This village hall had seen better days when we were called in. The floor was host to all sorts of communities and gatherings, hosting playgroups, dance groups, yoga and sports. With this in mind, we had to apply a strong and durable finish. After speaking with the client, we opted to apply a water-based lacquer to the floor that would preserve the floors natural beauty whilst providing the needed strength to weather such heavy use. To start with, we sanded the floor back to bare wood, filling in any gaps and cracks in the floor to minimise the risk of slips.
We then primed the floor to seal it, and applied a first coat of lacquer for protection. Since the lacquer we applied is water-based, it causes the grain of the wood to naturally raise. This roughens the texture of the floor considerably, and requires a very light sand known as a denib. This is to smooth and flatten the grain once more, and great care is taken not to damage the applied coats of lacquer. Once this is done, we would typically apply a top coat of lacquer with a desired finish, be it matte, satin or gloss.
But before we applied that top coat, we had to mark out the lines of the badminton court. We obtained the correct measurements for the court-lines and set them out using a laser to ensure they were completely straight. These were then set using masking tape and filled with line marking paint and allowed to dry overnight. Once fully dried and cured, we removed the tape leaving a crisp finish. We were then able to apply our top-coat to secure and protect the paint.