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Old 06-01-2008, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face what coating for a plywood floor?

I've got an enclosed box trailer to haul my junk. I opt'd for a very basic unfinished raw wood interior... I didn't think the standard black/white checkboard vinyl would hold up long enough to be worth the extra money. But now, my question is, I would like to put down some sort of cheap paint/coating to protect the raw wood from mud, oil, water, etc... what would you guys recommend for a durable floor coating over plywood?

std oil based deck paint? herculiner or some other bed liner? what about a two part epoxy like the rustolem garage floor stuff (dunno how well that adhere's to wood rather than concrete)? any other suggestions?

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If it were me, I'd throw a few coats of herculiner on it.
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I've got an enclosed box trailer to haul my junk. I opt'd for a very basic unfinished raw wood interior... I didn't think the standard black/white checkboard vinyl would hold up long enough to be worth the extra money. But now, my question is, I would like to put down some sort of cheap paint/coating to protect the raw wood from mud, oil, water, etc... what would you guys recommend for a durable floor coating over plywood?

std oil based deck paint? herculiner or some other bed liner? what about a two part epoxy like the rustolem garage floor stuff (dunno how well that adhere's to wood rather than concrete)? any other suggestions?

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I paint all the heavy duty shelves I have with 1" MDF with the rustoleum floor epoxy, works great.
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If you use a standard paint or stain add grit to the mixture. You can buy little packages of the no-skid material at the standard box stores; mix 1 pack to 1 gallon of paint/stain; and apply. Works real well. If you don't want to go to the expense or trouble of herculiner or the epoxy stuff; I'd use standard floor pain with no-skid added.
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If you wan to herculine the floor go for it, but I wouldn't put it on the walls. The hurculiner in my Jeep will take skin off if you aren't careful. Its really rough. If I remember correctly, you can alter the roughness when applying though.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They make a flooring paint, light gray in color, that has a crushed walnut shell in it (the name is slipping my wee little walnut brain). It works the best for the $$. Any sort of bed liner works fine, but it gets to be expensive with the larger trailers.

I would suggest taping off the walls about 6" up from the floor and also covering the lowest 6" of the wall w/ paint/bed liner. It keeps the walls from getting so dinged up. We have some customers that prefer the lowest 24" of the walls covered for tire scrub issues.
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