I wanted to share my use of Duratex for my theater project. The steps in my room were originally painted Tricorn Black with multiple layers of Matte polycriclic, and quite frankly, I was not happy with the protection and durability. In the few months that I had walked on them, dozens of chips and scratches occurred. I had a gallon of Duratex sitting around from subwoofers that I never used it on, so I thought I would give it a try.
I prepped by sanding my steps lightly with an oscillating sander per the instructions since I had a coat over the painted steps. If you start with bare wood, there is nothing you need to do as the Duratex has a primer built-in.
I put 4 coats on my steps, with about an hour of drying between each coat. Make sure to allow 5-7 days at least before you put heavy traffic over them. I’m still walking with socks on in the room until I hit the 7 day mark (not that it probably makes a huge difference at this point).
The end result for me, was perfect on multiple levels. The Duratex provided me with an even better matte finish, incredible durability, better traction for safety, and easy maintenance.
For my room, a gallon container and a 4” roller were both perfect. I’ve got about an 1/8th left of the Duratex for touch-ups.
I will share how this holds up over time.
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