sealing a painted hardwood floor?

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Old 03-25-14, 01:07 PM
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sealing a painted hardwood floor?

Our new church building has wood floors, but they are not hardwood, more like sheets of plywood. They have been painted dark brown, but not sealed. Since the building is in daily use, we don't want to have to shut down for days while something off-gasses. Does that leave any options for sealing? I hear shellac is flammable and not waterproof, and wax, of course, keeps needing to be re-applied. And given the daily use, we are looking for something that is a one-time application, not something that would need to be re-applied ever. The idea of sealing for us is not really anything to do with appearance, more to keep dirt from getting ground into the floor. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much!
 
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What type of paint is on the floors? That answer will help determine what the best coarse of action would be.
 
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I just can not imagine using plywood as a finished flooring, painted or not.
Paints going to be an on going mantaince issue for ever.
Go over it with white oak real hardwood or even quality prefinished white oak and the floor would be good for a very long time and could be refinished as needed.
I have churches with over 100 year old oak floors.
 
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