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Protective finish for plywood shop floor?

Ronster
I have about 1100 sqft of bare plywood flooring that I need to do something with before any shop equipment goes in. This needs to happen 2 weeks from now when I have a week off from work. Plywood is that crazy heavy 9/8" stuff. Walls and ceiling are drywall and painted white. Lighting is good. The building itself is somewhat high end -- brick and stone outside, metal roof on top.

The objectives for the floor are to (1) avoid ugly, (2) make it cleanable (not just sweepable but to keep any tracked-in mud out of the wood), and (3) avoid dark, light-depleting colors. I guess old-school would be to paint it gray. I'm wondering about using a water based poly such as used on hardwood floors. The ply is not pretty but perhaps it is better looking than industrial gray. Maybe a different color paint is advisable. Is there such a thing as "floor grade paint"?

Ideas? Opinions? Any "I did this" advice?

thanks,
ron

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