My Review of the Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel

Updated on January 29, 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 very 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 disadvantage is the price, which is $64 per gallon, as of this writing, but you can get a $10 off coupon by signing up for Paint Perks on the Sherwin Williams website.

The price is actually not bad compared to pricey epoxy kits that usually cost over $100. This paint doesn't require sealer either, and the fumes are very minimal compared to epoxy. For the price, the quality is definitely there. I wouldn't use it for my business otherwise.

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      2 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. 

      3 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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      3 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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