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Stage Floor Help

  • 1.  Stage Floor Help

    Posted 06-02-2020 12:13
    Our stage deck has lived through some rather rough times.  We are the only auditorium in the area so it is rented out for a variety of programs as well as all of the concerts, performances, ceremonies etc of the district, not to also count our theatrical productions.  Needless to say, she is a bit tired.

    Fortunately, last summer our AD found funds to sand it down and remove the grooves/dings and such and then refinished it.  Unfortunately, I had a rough first semester and was left unable to walk and could not access our stage due to steps.  The kids had "free" reign during construction and painting and she had some spills and such which were not made aware to me until I was again able to access it in January. In trying to make up for lost time as well as musical chaos my plan was to attack it over spring break but COVID19 came along and that wasn't able to occur.

    There was a small military graduation ceremony for our boys heading out early in the space and in trying to make things look good some type of finisher or something was used (still trying to find out) and it has not responded to the floor well.  I have gotten the go ahead to try to fix it over the summer and would like some input.  Luckily, my uncles are in contracting so I have access to tools and such.  The plan is currently to sand it down and then use Rosco Tough Prime black on it.  Any other suggestions are very much welcome!

    There are spots where the black is coming off when you touch it, the bubbling is 3-dimensional and whatever was put down did not like any tape marks from previous shows (mind you some from even last year when the tape had been long gone).  I've attached a few pictures to give a better idea of what is going on.  Thank you in advance!

    Kimberly Wibbenmeyer
    Sullivan MO

  • 2.  RE: Stage Floor Help

    Posted 06-03-2020 08:46
    Yikes! I have seen the scuff marks but not the bubbling look.

    We did our floor a couple of years ago. We had a company come in and sand off the surface to expose the wood. Then we used Rosco Tough Prime Black paint to cover the floor. I don't remember the cost but it wasn't super cheap. We watched them the whole time and believe that if we had rented the sander, we could have done it cheaper, I remember that.

    You are going to have to sand the surface for sure. I will tell you it goes everywhere. We covered the seats in the auditorium and took down our drapes.

    Also, do you have a moisture issue, or has there been a leak in the past? There appears to be some water damage bu how the boards are looking in the picture.

    Hope this helps.

    Crit Fisher
    Lighting/Sound Designer
    New Albany High School

  • 3.  RE: Stage Floor Help

    Posted 06-05-2020 06:44
    After they painted it did they apply a clear flat coat? that would help seal the surface, the main question is where did the water come from, this appears to be a bigger concern. if it comes up with your finger they possibly used iddings or off broadway paint,

    Jerry Onik
    V.P. Theatrical Supplies and Equipment
    Omaha NE

  • 4.  RE: Stage Floor Help

    Posted 06-06-2020 15:06
    The scuff marks are easy enough to remove, just re poly and they should disappear.  The bubbling paint on the other hand as Jerry talks about looks like a reaction between an oil based paint or stain and a water based sealer or top coat.  I would suggest asking for some consultation from a really good paint supplier like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams.  They might be able to help identify the problem.

    Michael Johnson
    Trinity NC