How does floor paint hold up to wear and tear of walking ect?

Been reading different links to paint flooring? I don't understand how any paint no matter how much it is sealed will hold up to all the wear and tear and walking on Martha replied that it was the worst thing she's done wondering if anyone tried any of these techniques and how it's held up over months or years

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  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jan 25, 2018

    Hi Sheri. The number 1 problem/reason these projects fail is improper prepping! Different paints are made to do different things. Such as latex wall paint will NOT stick to concrete for very long! What kind of floor are you wanting to paint? If I know that, I can help from there.

  • Vanessa C Moon Vanessa C Moon on Jan 25, 2018

    I used valspar porch and floor on some wooden floors that were pretty stained about 6 months ago. It has held up for the most part. Just like any floor paint will chip if something is dragged along it, dropped on it , etc.

    I prepped the floors I painted by first cleaning with TSP ( I cleaned them three times) Then I sanded any really rough spots I saw. Primed with thinned out coat of paint as the Valspar porch and floor I used instructed me to do.

    Then I painted three coats of the paint on.

    Then I added some of the paint to crystal clear high traffic poly by rustoleum. I coated the floor three times with this mixture. * I only added enough paint to tint the poly.

    I am going to have to go back over it where chairs, toys, etc, have scratched off the paint. I love the look of the floors I painted. I feel like once I get a couple of more coats of the tinted polyurethane on that it will hold up better. I think not doing enough coats of polyurethane was my mistake.

    My household is a bit rough on flooring. I have a rambunctious kid, an 80 lb lab, and quite a few cats.

  • Angel Angel on Jan 26, 2018

    Hi Sherry, I have hardwood floors and I painted one bathroom floor yellow and then painted different color flowers on that. I really couldn’t tell you what kind of paint it was, but I bought the cheapest paint they had from Walmart. Put 2 coats of yellow and one coat for the flowers. Then I used minwax (b/c that’s what I had) polyurethane and put on 3 coats and let it dry well between coats. It was like this for 4 years before I redid that bathroom and it was not worn at all, even in front of sink or tub. Didn’t use anything special to paint or anything. Just used I what I had on hand. I didn’t spend a lot of money on expensive brushes or particular paints And I had wonderful results! I think because I put 3 thick coats of poly down that it lasted so well. i hope this helps. Good luck!

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Jan 26, 2018

    I think it's also important to use a high quality sealer after you've painted it. Here's a good article:

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jan 27, 2018

    If this is garage or patio cement, first power wash it. Dry completely, in the sun is best. You'll need a primer, then paint it with a roller with a long handle on the end. They have some nice colors instead of grey. My husband did the garage 9 years ago, and it looks fine, a little dirty that's about it.

  • Emily Emily on Jan 27, 2018

    Sheri I have a house full of painted floors. Walking is no problem and I never have sealed any of these. Furniture scraping is a problem, but if you don't seal it is easy to just do a little touch up. The first pic of the blue floor is the room we eat in. This does get scraped from pushing our chairs in and out, but not for several years and the walkways never get worn. You must use floor paint (I use Benj. Moore) I don't know who Martha is but my floors have been painted well over 30 years and the checkerboard in the dining room has not even been touched up. I love painted floors. I don't know what techniques you are speaking of, but I just clean the floor and paint it. About to paint my kitchen floor white.