I want to paint my stairs, but I can't find "floor paint" in suitable colours.

Can I use another kind of paint, and then give it a protective coating?

What kinds of paint/protection would be compatible?

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    A hardwre store or paint store should be able to mix whatever color you like starting from white (or "base") floor paint.
    – Ecnerwal
    Nov 7, 2020 at 22:27
  • If these are exterior concrete steps you are just creating a maintenance issue since the paint will flake off over the years. What kind of stairs are these? Nov 8, 2020 at 7:19
  • Interior wooden steps.
    – spraff
    Nov 14, 2020 at 13:18

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You can get floor paint in a tintable base and have it tinted to the color of your choice.

Rust-oleum has an option as well.

Sherwin Williams has an option as well.

  • I only need small amounts of multiple colours, so mixing at a hardware store isn't economical.
    – spraff
    Nov 14, 2020 at 13:19

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