My Review of the Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel

Updated on December 13, 2018
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Matt is a professional painter sharing house-painting tips, related product reviews, and his experience in the trade.

Is Porch and Floor Enamel Durable On Concrete?

Porch and Floor Enamel is a versatile wood-floor paint ideal for not only floors, but also window trims and concrete. The paint is available in a satin and gloss finish that, in my experience, is very durable with two coats and good preparation.

I painted a customer's concrete floor in their empty basement using this product, and after returning to this home two years later for another project, the paint still looks as good as the day of application. The key is to do a good job with the surface preparation.

I have used this product many times on wood surfaces, but this was the first time using it on a concrete floor. I vacuumed the floor, washed and sanded everything, vacuumed again, and applied two coats of this product.

The paint can be re-coated in four hours. I let the first coat dry overnight before applying the second coat. After rolling the second coat, the paint should be allowed to dry for at least twenty four hours before heavy foot traffic. My customer waited one week before moving the furniture back into their basement.

Is the Paint Durable on Wood Flooring?

I used Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel to paint a large wrap around porch on an older home that had already been painted many times. Like the basement floor I used it on, the paint has held up on the porch floor too.

The existing layers of paint were peeling badly so I power washed the loose chips and dirt. I let the floor dry for one day and returned to electric sand the whole floor to remove the remaining peeling paint.

Like the concrete floor I painted, I brushed and rolled two coats, allowing the first coat to dry overnight. The glossy satin finish of this paint looks very nice on porch and basement flooring. Unlike the waterborne deck stain Super Deck, the satin enamel finish of this product is more resistant to dirt accumulation and stains from foot traffic.

Is Primer Needed?

The first time I used this product the store manager told me it seals wood knots to prevent bleed-through, but that wasn't the case with a stairway I painted once. The staircase stringers were painted white and the wood knots bled yellow tannin into the paint, so I had to spot prime the knots and touch them up. This only happened once, and only on the stringers, not the floor.

Every time I've used this enamel on wooden floors and stairs the paint covers really well without any issues. The surface needs to be clean. I always apply two coats. On raw, knotty wood, when a very light color will be used, it's a good idea to spot prime the knots with oil primer to prevent the chance of bleed-through. Most of the wood surfaces I've used it on were already painted.

Is It Worth the Money?

In my experience, this product has been durable on the wood and concrete surfaces I've used it on. When rolled with a microfiber roller the finish looks really nice. I haven't used the gloss finish, but the satin looks great.

The current price is $64 per gallon, as of this writing, but you can easily get a $10 off coupon by signing up for Paint Perks on the Sherwin Williams website. The store also holds sale events throughout the year on their paint and stain.

The price of this product is less than an epoxy kit, and for the price, it stays intact when applied to a prepped surface. You must follow the application recommendations, allowing the paint to cure before re-coating, or walking on it.

For maximum durability though, using a floor epoxy kit is going to be far more durable than paint. Epoxy dries a lot harder than paint, and it's also much more scuff resistant. You can also buy epoxy with flakes in it for a decorative look. The fumes are stronger than paint, but the smell can easily be aired out of a basement. Wearing a respirator is a must.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Can I spray-coat the plastic lattice panel apron below my elevated deck with Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel?

    I'm not sure since I've only used it on wooden porch flooring. Check with your local Sherwin Williams store or the specs online. If the lattice is vinyl though, you can paint it with Duration or SuperPaint. Both are vinyl-safe.

  • Can I apply over a latex paint or apply a primer? If so what type of primer should I use?

    Yes. A prime coat isn't necessary. I do recommend spot priming wood knots and stains before applying Porch and Floor Enamel though. I had bleed-through occur a couple times when painting white over knotty wood. Spot priming with oil primer first will prevent this.

  • I put Sherwin Williams paint on my interior stairs. The paint has been drying for 48 hours, but still has a tacky feel (not wet). Does this go away? Should I use a water based poly over it?

    The tackiness might be caused by humidity slowing down the cure time. The tackiness should go away over time. I've had this happen with Super Deck stain, but it always goes away after a week tops. I can't comment on top coating Porch and Floor Enamel with poly. I recommend contacting your local Sherwin Williams store manager on that one, but in my experience, the satin finish of this product alone is very smooth and durable for good scuff resistance.

  • Would you recommend the Sherwin Williams porch and floor enamel for use on an uncovered older wooden deck, or would it be best to use a deck stain like Super Deck?

    Super Deck stain is the better choice.

  • We just painted an interior concrete floor with this product. We're super happy with the look. We didn't plan to seal it. Should we seal it, or is it water-resistant enough on its own, for example, if we spilled a cup of water, would it be fine? It sounds like you didn't seal it for your customer's basement. How do they clean the surface?

    I didn't seal the surface of the floor, and the floor is fine. I suppose you could apply sealer, but the enamel seems to be fine without it. The sealer would enhance its durability, but it would be a good idea to talk with a Sherwin Williams store manager about compatibility with this product to make sure it can be top coated. I vacuumed and washed the floor before I painted it.

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      Matt G. 

      3 months ago


      Thank you for the comment. I'm glad you found my article helpful for your floor painting project.

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      3 months ago

      Thank you for this article on SW floor paint. I've applied the first coat to an interior concrete floor and was nervous about both my choice of paints and the timing of the second coat. Both this column and the questions that followed were helpful.

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      6 months ago

      Yes I did apply two coats and primed as well. Like I said it looked great at first but it is not shiney enough to repell dirt. I will be repainting with a different product.

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      Matt G. 

      7 months ago

      I haven't had that problem. Did you apply two coats? With two coats, the satin finish will be more smooth and glossy, allowing for easier cleaning. The enamel should also be allowed to dry for recommended time before walking on it.

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      7 months ago

      Used the Sherwin williams porch and floor on my covered porch, looks great but the dirt totally sticks to it. Would not recommend it .


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