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Proffessional paints such as Manders and Johnsons have much more pigment that cheaper, domestic paints, hence they can cover in fewer coats.

 

a watered down Water-based Metallised emulsion floor polish (as used by cleaners) over the top produces a good seal and a good non-slip finish. A dilute solution used when you mop the stage will bring it up again nicely.

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Guest lightnix
a watered down Water-based Metallised emulsion floor polish (as used by cleaners) over the top produces a good seal and a good non-slip finish.  A dilute solution used when you mop the stage will bring it up again nicely.

Similarly, you can dilute black emulsion by up to 50% to cover an already black stage. Didn't know about the floor polish, tho' - neat tip :D
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Actually, you're better off using the darkest brown colour you can find. It shows footprints and paint splatters much less than black. Black is good for the back wall of your stage, but not for your floor. Also, the brown colour will absorb less light from the floor lights (if you use them) than will black.
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Actually, you're better off using the darkest brown colour you can find. It shows footprints and paint splatters much less than black. Black is good for the back wall of your stage, but not for your floor. Also, the brown colour will absorb less light from the floor lights (if you use them) than will black.

 

Similarly to this, we always used to use a tiny bit of white paint as well to make a very very dark grey, mixed 10 parts black to 1 white, for the floor. Footprints showed a lot less on it.

 

To answer the OP, though, you can get away with watering down Manders or Johnsons stuff a lot more than B&Q stuff, and that makes it easier to apply into the bargain. You can water down Rosco even more, but by heck, it's expensive....

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Neither of our local B&Qs stocks black emulsion in anything other than tiny tins at silly prices. We get all our paint for stage an scenery from the local builders' merchant who supplies Leyland paints, which are very good quality, esp.compared to B&Q Trade emulsion. We only buy black, white, signal red, kingcup yellow and chelsea blue - you can make every other colour from those.
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Bolloms Black Emulsion from Flints Hire and Supply.

 

This also gets my vote , just done our stage floor with it.

Bolloms Black is much denser and harder wearing than cheapo emulsions.

Used the Matt finish which helps subdue bounce from our followspots

 

Black does show footprints under working light but when lit with performance lighting this should not really be much of an issue most of the time (unless you have a very high balcony giving an eagle eye view)

 

Have splashed down with white (spray from a brush) before to give a stippled finish. This is good for hiding footprints and helps the floor take up any colour from lighting.

But happy to stay with the matt black these days.

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