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Old 09-30-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Hardwood Floor Paint

Does anyone know the best type of paint to use to paint hardwood flooring? Yea, I know, but I am not interested in refinishing it right now and its a rental.

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Old 09-30-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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I know someone that did theirs with porch and patio paint, it has poly in it to hold up better, and want to add, it looks really nice, no its not for everyone but it works.

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Old 09-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #3
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You need to understand that the ONLY difference between paints and "varnishes" is that paints have pigments in them. Pigments are solid particles that either have colour or are clear or white. Those pigments job is to give paints colour and opacity. The job description also includes lowering the gloss of the dry paint film.

So, the only difference between the polyurethane "varnish" on your hardwood floor and a polyurethane based floor paint is that the paint has pigments in it, whereas the polyurethane clear coat doesn't(kinda). (The polyurethane on your hardwood floor might have some clear pigments in it whose job it is to lower the gloss to semi-gloss or satin.)

Were it not for pigments, ALL paints and "varnishes" would dry to a high gloss film.

So, the best paint to use on your hardwood floor would be a polyurethane based floor paint. And, you'd prep just like you would to paint one coat of oil based paint over another; you'd sand down the "varnish" on your existing floor to roughen it, remove any sanding dust, and then apply your floor paint with either a roller sleeve or thin it and apply it with a lamb's wool. (Lamb's wool applicators aren't made of real lamb's wool, but they're what's used for applying polyurethane to wooden gymnasium floors. I'd contact your local S. C. Johnson wax sales rep to find out whether people that do this work thin the polyurethane before applying it with the lamb's wool cover, and if so, how much they thin it.)

A polyurethane floor paint is every bit as durable as a polyurethane hardwood floor finish.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for this help............
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