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Duratex-Coated Theater Steps

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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This is a really interesting idea. I was going to go with either carpet rolled over the edges or varnished wood, but the matte black with traction is rather appealing.

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Weird question... How does it feel on bare feet? It is to rugged? Just curious... I looks awesome btw.

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Weird question... How does it feel on bare feet? It is to rugged? Just curious... I looks awesome btw.

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That is a good question. I will walk on them barefoot this evening and share my impression.


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That is a good question. I will walk on them barefoot this evening and share my impression.


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The texture of the steps to me, feels like you are stepping on a hard orange peel, if that makes sense? It’s not too hard or too rugged for the bare foot in my opinion.




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The texture of the steps to me, feels like you are stepping on a hard orange peel, if that makes sense? It’s not too hard or too rugged for the bare foot in my opinion.




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Sounds therapeutic. Lol

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How are the steps holding up Aaron?

Thinking of doing this also if it ends up being durable.
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It's truck bed liner so it should be pretty durable. And highly repairable if the need should so arise.

I personally love the texture it adds to your room. And how it plays off the smoothness of the fabric frames, and highlights your carpet even more.

I bet you see this idea replicated in the future.
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Aaron, going to follow your flooring exactly.
Already saw your post about the DuraTex painted steps and thought it was a great idea. Started looking for carpet and chose a carpet after going back and forth several times. My wife actually liked the black or grey but in the end she chose the black.

Didn't realise it was the exact same carpet till after we ordered it already.

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