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Old 05-12-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Coating laminate flloring?

This is sort of a DIY/Hack question but...

I have some laminate T&G flooring down my hall that is about 6-7 yrs old. I also have 2.5 dogs. From the sliding and sand the finish has become significantly dull and my wife... well, lets just say if I can find a way to improve it without replacing it I will be happier.

I have some leftover Stays Clear which says it is rated for floors. Would this work for a laminate? I am wondering if it will improve it? Show more?
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:10 PM   #2
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I doubt whether anything will last for very long, especially in a high traffic area. Coating it might do for a temporary measure until you can afford to replace it but you're coating onto a laminated surface that's going to be walked on. Nothing is going to grip very well and would soon wear off.
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I don't think you can try to add a finish to a laminate floor especially if it was installed without glue. It will move too much and pop the coating off.

If it was a glue down application you may be able to put Stays Clear on it. i don't think you can follow the normal refinishing procedures. There is not enough thickness to the surface. (basically it is a thin picture sandwiched between cardboard and the factory coating) You may have issues with adhesion over the anodized factory coating too.

Everything I have read on laminates calls for replacing a badly damaged floor.
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lay down a nice carpet runner man, nothing will hold up on laminate with those dogs, let alone normal foot traffic.
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Thanks for the input. I was hoping the Stays Clear might last longer being an acrylic. I might give it a try anyway to see what happens. Replacing is not high on MY priority list - but MY list doesn't really count
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...2.5 dogs?
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you could use aerospace primer from midwest chemicals. It would stick. They also have an aliphatic urethane that is super strong and super sticky. However, as stated, that type of floor "floats" the movement would most likely pop the finish.
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...2.5 dogs?
Two labs and one Chihuahua (wife's - I don't consider that a full dog)
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WoW! 3 (2.5?) Dogs and a white carpet. Very brave combination
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...one Chihuahua (wife's - I don't consider that a full dog)

LOL!!!!


(gotta agree with you there)
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for that little area why not install some ceramic tile??
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for that little area why not install some ceramic tile??

There is another hall about 20' long and a kitchen of the same. I might play around with the hall when things slow down.
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