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The following paints have been suggested for our Champion, Champion II and Medalist floors (and/or Pro floors where it is specifically stated that the paint works on the Pro floor and where the floor has a PaintPlus treatment).
Advice for Painting Your Vinyl Colorguardfloor
Don’t start this task without knowing these answers! Determine how much time it will take to prep, applying each coat, detail work, and drying time. Ideally summer would be the best time to paint. You would have the option of working inside or out, and school facilities are normally more available, therefore allowing you to leave your floor undisturbed for a few days.
Remember to let your floor dry completely prior to using or folding. We recommend a minimum of 48 hours.
Our floors do not "require" a primer to paint them. However, the paint you buy may require the use of a bonding agent or sealer. Not all paints do. Please follow the paint manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Krylon Fusion for Plastics - Krylon Industrial Products
ADVISORY: 2/17/06 - Krylon Fusion does not work well with vinyl. This product is recommended only for polyethylene products.
This product comes highly recommended from St. Stanislaus College, St Louis, MS. According to Jimmy O'Cain: This product is available for less than $4 a can at Wal-Mart. It covers about 100 SF per can. No primer, no prep (except cleaning... can't skip that!!) and it does not peel or crack when applied to the PRO WITH PAINT PLUS. There is a pretty decent color selection as well.
Plasti-Kote - Plasti-Kote Vinyl Color
For $4.99 a can this is a great product with good variety in colors. This is the same stuff that they use to refurbish the interiors of old cars and re-color interior auto carpeting: vinyl dye. There is a fairly good color selection. It is available in spray cans at your local auto parts store. This brand adheres beautifully to the Medalist ... it simply re-colors the vinyl and it does not chip, peel, flake or stick to itself. The dye dries without tackiness so powder is not necessary. On a white vinyl sample, the paint did not bleed through to the other side. It was really impressive, too, when the one paint drip we had absorbed into the vinyl. The paint adherence was very inconsistent for The Pro with PaintPlus . Sometimes it would adhere well (can't scratch off with fingernail), but folding the tarp in that area would break some of the paint off.
Design Master - Design Master spray paint (**** out of 5)
This product adheres very well to both the Pro with PaintPlus and the Medalist. Once this product dries, it will not scratch off or bend off. The spray can delivery is not great and may drip, 2 very light coats works best. Fortunately the paint dries very quickly. The color selection is very good.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WITH SPRAY PAINT
Products NOT Recommended
Latex- Latex paint does not provide desirable results on a Pro floor. We have been told that latex (a bit diluted - 1 part water 2 parts paint) works wonderfully on vinyl floors. It is relatively inexpensive (some can be purchased for as little as $13.00 per gallon!), has a large color selection and is readily available. Behr Paints, which are available at Home Depot as $13.00 per gallon!), has a large color selection and is readily available. Behr Paints, which are available at Home Depot have been recommended to us. They cost around $20.00 a gallon, and are extremely durable, dry relatively fast and provide great coverage.
If you are unable to find Behr Paints, our suggestions would be go to their website to obtain a copy of their specifications and see if you can best match them with another brand.
Latex paints can be applied by brush, paint sprayer or roller. Interior latex paints most generally, can be recoated within 4 hours, so you should be able to recoat the same day! It is important to apply several THIN coats. If the paint is applied too thick they are more likely to chip and peel. Don’t forget to thin your paint as directed above. Some paints cannot be thinned so make sure and check your label.
Nazdar - 1-800-767-9942 This company is recommended by many people as an excellent solution for re-coloring vinyl. Excellent coverage and Pantone color matching make this a highly desirable product. You can get a Pantone color specifier and mix it yourself or you can pay them MUCHO money and they will mix it for you. Standard color pricing is $80-120/gal depending on color. Thinner is required ($30) - you thin it 50% a gallon of thinner to a gallon of ink. Coverage with thinner is up to 1500 SF/gallon (50x70= 3500 sf). Don't get gloss ink, get flat; the flat inks are about $20 cheaper and the gloss sticks to itself. The fumes are quite strong so this product should be used in a well ventilated area. Can be applied with a roller. Our contact there is Dan Miller. We are sending him Medalist samples for print testing.
SEM - SEM Vinyl Dye Color Coat - "SEM dye (Vinyl Dye) is a spray coating for restoring or changing the color of automotive vinyl tops, vinyl upholstery, flexible and rigid plastics, leather, auto carpet and velour. SEM dye is designed for spray only and is available in [13-oz] aerosol cans." We have sent samples to this company for testing and when they get back to us we will post their recommendations here.
Dupli-Color - "Renew the color and finish of vinyl... and more. Duplicolor's exclusive
opaque colors have been matched to meet OEM standards and require no primer. The
high-performance formula penetrates completely into clean surfaces and dries flexible
to resist chipping, cracking, and peeling." Available at Auto Zone.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive There is a store locator on the web site. Ask for "Ultra-interior" vinyl paint. This paint requires a primer (adhesion promoter), UPO 7227. They sell their colors in sizes from a half-pint to a gallon. Application requires a paint gun. They may also have some products for painting polyethylene (The Pro).
About PaintPlus: PaintPlus is a process that enhances paint adhesion to the polyethylene surface. We have not found any paints that will adhere to polyethylene without this treatment and do not recommend painting the Pro without it. Paint adherence is not guaranteed nor is paint damage covered under warranty.