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Paint + polyurethane for wood floors

Posted by kashka_kat (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 2, 13 at 10:37

Its looking like my old fir floors are so thin from previous sandings and trashed that paint is about the only option at this point is paint (while I save my $$$ for eventual floor replacement). I've seen some great pics of painted floors - solid color and patterned - and love them for vintage houses. have some questions about the various methods -

Paint with poly top coat - does it have to be water based poly over latex paint? Id prefer to use oil both for durability and because I went thru a bit of a learning curve in how to use varathane a couple years back - and achieved excellent results with it. Also the amber tone would look good with colors I have in mind. Would I have to use oil base paint?

Stain with poly top coat - instead of paint how about a semi-opaque stain - love the Cabot exterior deck floor colors but was told I should not use exterior stains indoors because of chemicals used for waterproofness. How can I duplicate the effect with interior products? (I don't like the minwax colors or any of the common off the shelf brands - and I don't think I can get the degree of opaqueness I want.)

Porch floor paint - Ive seen a lot of this on porches that just doesn't hold up all that well - any suggestions re: what product? Are there the same issues with exterior paint chemicals?


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RE: Paint + polyurethane for wood floors

Scuff sand it to get rid of the top finish.

A couple of coats of enamel paint topped with the appropriate clear floor sealant. Use oil-base if you prefer it.

The trick is to let the floor cure really well before using it heavily, and re-coat with the clear before the color coats start showing wear.

If you have a patterned floor it shows wear less than a solid color, and even less if you intentionally distress it a bit. I don't remember where I saw it, but one floor was done with several layers of different colors and then scuff-sanded a bit to let the "older" colors show through, as if it had worn through several generations of paint layers.

RE: Paint + polyurethane for wood floors

Great idea about the multi colors - thanks! Ive seen furniture done that way and depending on colors used it can be beautiful.

What do you mean by "appropriate clear floor sealant" - would that be the polyurethane floor finish or is that something else?

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