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  • #14952
     Nixpaints
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    Hey folks,

    I’ve never been in charge of dealing with a floor that’s getting rained on. The carpenters are creating a trough that’ll be (I think) 2’ – 4’ wide to catch the rain as it falls. I’m just trying to figure out what kind of sealants I can put on the floor to deal with the moisture.

    My first idea is to do a couple coats with Ben Moore Stays Clear. We have to stick to products with water cleanup.

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     Carole Payette
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    Jaxsan is a great water barrier and a cheap substitute is Henry’s 289. If you have a large area to cover try Elastomeric roof coating like CoolSeal. You can get the 2 latter products at Home Depot.

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     Nixpaints
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    If I paint the elastomeric as a base layer and then do my paint treatment on top, I can see how that’ll help create a barrier.

    However, I would be concerned how the floor would last in the coming years with that elastomeric coating. It’s a new floor, so it’ll likely get 6-10 years of performances on it before it’s replaced.

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     Angelique Powers
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    I’ve done similar things where I was more trying to protect against splashes, and light water (compared to the heavy rain part that fell on o thing specially made to get rained on

    I have used the Ben Moore Stays Clear, and Modern Masters Dead Flat Exterior- both worked pretty good- but are pricey.

    I’d be hesitant to put an elastomeric layer on a stock floor you will be needing again. Any chance you can get them to give you a temp floor on top of your real floor? – And if they give you a temp floor have them cover the original floor with a sheet of plastic before they put in the temp floor.

    ( says the girl who once got a 11pm call from the TD that the water catching system failed, went all over everywhere, ruined the temp floor with warping and I made so much overtime that weekend repainting a brand new floor I was able to buy a Mac book pro- but the plastic saved the “real” floor and was good to go for the next show.

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     AHOGAN
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    For our production of “The Grapes of Wrath” several years ago, we installed a plywood floor with a layer of plastic to

    Protect the stage floor. We planned far enough ahead so that we could treat the plywood pieces with Thompson’s water seal. Then we kind of paint stained the plywood for aged wood effect and I think did Thompson water seal over that. It worked well. I’m not sure what I would do if it were going to rain on the actual theater deck.

    Elastomeric coating seems like a good idea if the bond to surface underneath is good. I would go for elastomeric as a base coat and not a polyurethane sealer because it is often so hard to get paint to stick well onto a sealed surface.

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