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Old 07-07-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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The porch/floor paint I purchased seems very watery and thin. I realize I am covering a dark colour with a much lighter one, but am reaching the stage where 4 coats will be needed - if not more. We sanded the old floor lightly beforehand. With 3 coats, scrapes go down to the original paint. Can this be because the paint is not entirely dry? Please help

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The million dollar question- what paint are you using?

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And did you stir it, not just shake it. I used Benjamin Moores latex acrylic floor and patio paint alot and never had this problem.
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I think you should have primed it first to cover the dark. Now it could take up to 6 coats. Maybe should have asked first? Now all you can do is keep painting but, definitely let dry between coats. Read the instructions on the container. Usually takes a few hours for latex to dry and up to several days if you are using oil based paint. Good Luck
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I think you should have primed it first to cover the dark.
Actually not. Primers are not built for foot traffic and are not recommended for floors. Again, I suspect your problems are with the paint you bought. Or it could have been sold to you beyond its expiration date. The Benjamin Moore latex acrylic epoxy reinforced porch, floor and patio paints I used never performed with problems like you are experiencing.
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I humbly defer. AND will remember NOT to primer any floors. Which I never have but have not attempted to cover a dark color either.

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Best bet would be not to paint ANY wood floor that is going to get used
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Best bet would be not to paint ANY wood floor that is going to get used
Guess we differ on this. I think painting with good materials as viable an option as putting clear urethane on floors. It is essentially the same stuff.

Of course using cheap floor paint without urethane, epoxy or silicone reinforcement is a waste of money. And you have to prep like with any finishing project. I have used reinforced floor paints like those in the Ben Moore product line even in sandy beach environments and they have held up well. Two or even three coats like with clear urethane, of course.

I do think painting is a great option when something has happened so that sanding, staining and clear coating will produce marginal looking results because of discoloration, unwanted spotting and staining, etc. but the structure of the floor is still in good shape. And with some thought and planning, you can do some spectacular things with multi-colored painted floors.

Of course with any finished wood floor, you will increase the life of major traffic areas with area rugs and runners. They are usually called for in leases for this reason.

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