Pro-Line Floor Paint

General Finishes Pro-Line Paints are water-based floor paints designed for line-marking hardwood sports floors. Pro-Line Paint represents the most recent advancements in technologies for the flooring industry and has many advantages over traditional wood floor paints, such as one-coat coverage with most colors, resistance to bleeding under tape lines, low odor, low VOC and fast-drying, with excellent flow and leveling.

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General Finishes Black Pro-Line Floor Paint, Gallon


Step 1: Preparation for Pro-Line Floor Paint

General Finishes Pro-Line Paints are designed to be applied over 2 coats of General Finishes Pro Sealer or Pro Image Topcoat. Allow topcoats to dry 24 hours before applying tape lines.



Step 2: How To Apply General Finishes Pro-Line Floor Paint

General Finishes Pro-Line Floor Paint Application Steps

  1. Stir paint to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can.
  2. If desired, thin topcoat with 10-15% distilled water or General Finishes Extender, which will allow for maximum flow and level, and increase open time, which is helpful in hot, dry climates.
  3. Apply 1-2 coats with a brush, mini roller or pad applicator. Most colors will cover in 1 coat. If necessary, a second coat can be applied after 2 hours.
  4. Dry time: allow the first coat to dry 2-4 hours under ideal conditions, 70*F/20*C; 50-70% humidity. If 2 coats of Pro-Line Paints are applied, allow both coats to dry 12-24 hours. Inadequate dry time is one of the top reasons for finish failure. You can tell if a water-based finish is dry if it forms a powder when lightly sanded with a fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad or 400-grit sandpaper. If in doubt, wait longer. Rushing dry time can cause clouding/blush in topcoat due to moisture trapped between coats. Increase dry time if:
    • Humidity is over 80%
    • Thick coats are applied. 
  5. If applying a second coat, carefully abrade the paint before final coating so the powder does not stain surrounding flooring.
  6. Seal with 2 coats General Finishes Pro Image, General Finishes Pro Shield or General Finishes Pro-UV Flooring Topcoat.

Cure Time
Water-based finishes cure and harden for full use after 21 days in ideal conditions. Avoid placing heavy objects on surfaces that have not completely cured. Treat gently, and do not clean with commercial products during the curing period.

Cleanup of Water Based Products

Application tools and materials containing water-based products can be cleaned with soap and water immediately after use.

Product Spills
Spills may be able to be removed from fabric and carpet if cleaned immediately with soap and water.

Storage of Pro Flooring Products

Life of Product
Water-based products do not last forever, even when unopened. General Finishes products are best used within 1 year of the manufacture date listed on the container. The life of the product may be extended with proper care and storage.

Storage Tips
The following best practices will increase the life of your product:

  1. Keep the containers closed after decanting what you need.
  2. Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures below 50*F/10*C or above 80*F/26*C. Frozen and heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Temperature-controlled spaces, such as a basement, are ideal for storage. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or next to something warm like a water heater or furnace.
  3. Decant leftovers to a smaller container when the finish is almost used up. Alternative storage containers for water-based products are plastic FIFO bottles or glass bottles. Do not fill metal-lidded containers completely to prevent them from rusting.

The following water-based product mixtures can be stored:

The following product mixtures should NOT be stored:

  • Any water-based product thinned with tap water. Water often contains bacteria that will adversely affect stored paint.

Floor Care and Maintenance

Usage Restrictions after Final Coat of Topcoat is Applied

Immediate Use of Floors Finished With Sealer:
Floors may be carefully walked on, in socks only, after six hours.

Intermediate Use:
You can replace furniture in 3 days, and rugs in 10 days. Be cautious during the first 10 days, when the finish is more susceptible to scratching and scuff marks. Place heavy furniture on carpet pads.

Cure Time: 
Water-based finishes cure for full use in 21 days.

Warnings and Warranties

Limited Warranty
General Finishes products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using, including compatibility with other manufacturers products. General Finishes will be responsible only for the cost of our products and will not be responsible for any costs such as labor, damage, or replacement costs.

Contamination and Compatibility
Our finishes are engineered as a system and are compatible with each other. General Finishes cannot guarantee an ideal refinish when applying our products on top of or combined with another company's products or over surfaces that have been in contact with waxes, polishes or sprays containing contaminants such as silicone. Test for adherence and aesthetics before beginning. 

Danger: Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame. Application materials or other waste soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after use, place rags, steel wool or waste in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

CAUTION: Contains ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS. VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG-TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating & inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto

Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye and skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. 

This product contains a chemical known to the State Of California to cause cancer and birth defects. Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye or skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.


Basic Features
Product Colors Tier 1: Black, Blue, Buckskin, Gray, Tier 2: Green, Maroon, Red, White, Tier 3: Orange, Purple, Yellow
Base Type Water
Ambering No
Interior or Exterior Interior only
Type Acrylic Paint
Coats 1 - 2 coats
Application Method Brush, Roll, Pad
Brushable Yes
Usable over existing finishes Yes
Sprayable No
Can Sizes Quarts, Gallons
Coverage 150 sq. ft/quart, 600 sq. ft/gal
Technical Data
Viscosity Thick
Viscosity (cPs) 1000-2000
Weight Solids 35%
VOC <250 g/L

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How is a flooring topcoat different than a furniture or cabinet finish?

Three features differentiate flooring topcoats:

  1. General Finishes flooring topcoats, Pro Image and Pro Shield are fortified with significantly more urethane to increase durability.
  2. The slip rate of flooring topcoats is higher to improve floor safety and reduce the likelihood of slipping: approximately a 5.7 rating. For example, someone in socks is less likely to slip on a flooring finish, or a basketball player is less likely to slip on a good profressional floor finish. Cabinet finishes have a much lower (negative) slip rate because folks want a silky, smooth finish on a cabinet or furniture; approximately a -.4 rating.
  3. A floor finish has more elongation - the finish stretches to provide flexibility over expanding and contracting woods.


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A steam mop won't damage the finish film but it will force moisture into the wood between the boards or into any open scratched areas on the surface of the board. This could cause a delamination of the finish from the wood or damage to the wood itself. We recommend a commerical floor cleaner such as Bona floor cleaning system.

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