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    Hello all. I’m about to do a show that has a fairly basic textured floor. It feels like I’ve done about a million textured floors and yet I’m craving a new recipe. This particular floor wants to feel smooth and yet textured like “a sandy beach after the water has washed over it”. If it were a wall, I’d use joint compound plus some binders, etc but for a floor, I don’t trust jc. Anyone have a texture recipe they love or would love to share?

    This is an MDF floor. About 1,500 square feet. Thanks!

    #15068

    Have you bought of using a bit of Acroflex mixed in your base? It comes in several textures I use smooth or semi smooth and it’s so resilient. It will feel a little sandy so be sure you don’t have actors rolling about on it….might not feel great. Looks like a natural sandy floor. Good luck! Usually you can buy a 5 gallon mistint for about $23.00 and it’s very easy to tint if you grab a neutral shade. I use semi smooth on walls and brick and desert environments and the stuff is tough. Let me know if you’ve got any questions!

    #15066
     Rachael Claxton
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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    I love using Dryvit for textured floors. It’s a durable product that comes in a bunch of different grits and can be tinted to over a hundred colors, which is great. It also takes paint really well and you can make tons of different finishes by the way you put it on. It’s not terribly expensive either. I particularly like their Quartzputz and Sandpebble.

    http://www.dryvit.com/products/

    #15067
     abernathysj
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    [img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180130/4bdcd07754b3b4f28c9b3d30d8c18575.jpg%5B/img%5D[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180130/5e000beca785d787d0640978515745ff.jpg%5B/img%5D[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180130/feb9015fdca7f84196012cba87071b73.jpg%5B/img%5D this is the textured floor I’m working on right now. I know you said you don’t want to use joint compound but I’m not sure if you were talking about dry or wet. we used a generous scoop of Easy 45, Elmer’s glue, paint, and a little roll-a-tex to make this slightly gritted floor.

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    #15069

    Thank you all! I’ll look into some of these! If I remember, I’ll post pictures when I’m done.

    #15070
     KarenGlass
    • Experience: 20+ years
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    “I know you said you don’t want to use joint compound but I’m not sure if you were talking about dry or wet. we used a generous scoop of Easy 45, Elmer’s glue, paint, and a little roll-a-tex to make this slightly gritted floor.”

    I liked the texture this created very much! Could you be a bit more specific with this recipe? 😕 Can you figure out the approximate ratios? How big is your scoop, how much glue, how much paint do you stir it into? I imagine that it is grit “to taste.” 😛

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     abernathysj
    • Experience: 5-10 years
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    KarenGlass wrote:


    I liked the texture this created very much! Could you be a bit more specific with this recipe? 😕 Can you figure out the approximate ratios? How big is your scoop, how much glue, how much paint do you stir it into? I imagine that it is grit “to taste.” 😛

    sure thing! I asked my charge to describe her ratios – she’s sort of the mud mixer here – and she told me a lot of it is “to taste”, but here’s her approximation. I was surprised to hear that this mixture is mostly Easy Sand, not paint. it comes from Home Depot in the drywall supplies and is not expensive.

    2 1/2 – 3 quarts Easy Sand 45 – it comes in different drying times and she has found that 45 (meaning 45 minutes) is the best for our purposes.

    1 1/2 cups white glue – thickens and binds. her note was “don’t be stingy with the glue!”

    1/2 box (1/2 pound) fine roll-a-tex for the sandy grit

    1-2 cups paint for tinting

    here are some pictures of our finished floor. with glazes and a gloss sealer, you can really see the texture.

    [img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180201/de61a304439e0f49a0afb1460f23f1c4.jpg%5B/img%5D [img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180201/138b63d84a5c82d08bff37b84bc839e8.jpg%5B/img%5D[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180201/840bdd560b4dbb1cc9b089660fdcb106.jpg%5B/img%5D[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180201/439f91f283b27783d5fe9e5ed3519094.jpg%5B/img%5D

    we rolled it on with a regular 3/8” nap roller, thicker in some areas. then we smoothed some areas with a palette knife – this was just per our designer’s sample. it dries in a couple of hours here in fairly humid and warm Florida.

    #15072
     abernathysj
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    oh, another note: once this mixture dries, it’s very “thirsty” and isn’t the best surface for glazes, so I based over it with tinted Aqua Lock before glazing.

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    #15073
     KarenGlass
    • Experience: 20+ years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Regular

    I really want to try this recipe. Thank-you for tracking down the recipe and all the extra photos.

    Happy painting!

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