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02:59PM | 02/03/19
I have a bedroom floor I wish to paint. Part of the floor is cement, the other part wood. I will be painting it in checkerboard squares with grout lines, as the concrete already has those markings. I will just faux paint the wood to match the pattern.

The floors have been previously painted --likely with some house paint on hand. That was several years ago and the paint in some places on the cement is coming up, though some of it still seems to be holding up well. The paint on the wood is not flaking at all.

I know there are products (Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel Satin as well as Home Depot's Low-Lustre Porch and Patio Floor Paint) that are ok to use on both cement and wood so I could paint both parts of the floor with this is a base.

My questions are:

Do I need to sand off all of the existing paint on the concrete, or just the part that is flaking?

Do I need to use a primer first before painting with either of the above two products? Sherwin Williams has told me that primer is not necessary under their paint. Would love an experienced opinion to confirm their employee's book learning.

If I paint the whole floor with either of the two above floor paints as a base coat (after a primer if needed), can i use a metallic PPG paint on top of the base coat? Do I need to be concerned about or take any steps to ensure the metallic paint sticks to the floor paint?

Would it be advisable to cover the paint with a polyurethane finish? If so, how many coats.

I'm super excited to do this project and would greatly appreciate your advice so the project goes smoothly.

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