Enamel floor finishes can be exquisite, durable, long lasting finishes. These types of coatings will last longer than stains or wood oils, if applied correctly. Use deck/porch enamels on interior & exterior concrete and even wood porches or decks. Don't use on areas where automotive or forklift tires will visit. For this type of heavy traffic, use a much more durable epoxy floor finish. See this link about epoxy floors.
Correct application means; proper preparation and using an alkyd primer prior to applying the enamel finish. Enamels should not be applied directly to wood regardless of any manufacture’s claims for adhesion. Remember, it is best to apply two medium coats while adhering to suggested dry times between coats for best results.
Oil vs Waterborne Enamels
Oil based and water based formulations are both efficient and will last for years, if properly maintained. For residential applications, we like the Enamel Porch & Patio Floor Paint from Sherwin Williams. This 100% acrylic formula is great for both; wood or concrete surfaces, and gives the longevity most clients are looking for. Oil based floor enamels are great as well. They create a tough durable "shell" of protection. However, some find oil based enamels a bit more technical to work with and dread the wait on the slower drying time. This may be a concern with second coat application or if bad weather is impending.
Enamel Floor Maintenance
Porch and floor enamels are easier to maintain than floor stains, water-proofer and oils. They often need only a power washing before re-application of the floor coating product. As always, this Jacksonville painting contractor recommends lightly power washing exterior painted surfaces every 12-18 months to ensure a fresh, healthy and long-lasting finish.
Pro Color Painting first developed in 1989 in sunny south Florida. In 1999 the painting company was moved to Gainesville, FL. where the owner attended college full time. After a few years, Pro Color Painting made its home in the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area and thrived for a decade. Today the Pro Color Painting in Jacksonville, FL. has exploded into a top-rated, award winning commercial and residential painting contractor. Pro Color Painting is well versed in all aspects of high-performance coatings, epoxies, water-proofing, interior painting, exterior painting and repairs.