Tips for Painting Concrete
If you have a concrete slab that is not too damaged, you can actually paint over it and create an awesome flooring option. People use concrete flooring for all sorts of reasons. Either it’s already pre-existing, for example in a garage or out on the patio. While others have the ability to rip up carpet – which can be old, faded, or dirty, and have a concrete floor in places like their laundry room.
If you have a concrete slab that is not too damaged, you can actually paint over it and create an awesome flooring option. People use concrete flooring for all sorts of reasons. Either it’s already pre-existing, for example in a garage or out on the patio. While others have the ability to rip up carpet – which can be old, faded, or dirty, and have a concrete floor in places like their laundry room. You might think that concrete floors are something that have to stay as is, but they aren’t. With a little fixing up, some repairing and painting, you can have a brand new looking floor that is super easy to clean and stylish. Concrete floors can be painted virtually any color, any design or pattern, and they are pretty easy to work with. If you have a concrete floor that you want to fix and make into a brand new beautiful looking floor, continue to read the article below for more information.
Cleaning and Prepping
While this is a pretty easy project, the most important step – and the most grunt work goes into the cleaning and prepping step. You will need to use a vacuum, broom and sand paper in this step. Using a 180 grit sand paper with broom, sand in one direction, and then the next to make sure there are no bumps and that the surface is smooth. Once you do all of this, you can begin to sweep it up and vacuum up the left over dust. It’s best to not use any water or wetness in this step because if you do you’ll have to wait an entire 24 hours to start the next step. But, that’s up to you.
Sealing the Floor
It doesn’t matter if the floor is inside or out, you are going to seal the floor. Sealing helps keep moisture out of the concrete floor, and helps protect your paintjob. You will need to apply up to three coats, but more than one coat of sealing on the floor. You will also need to let each coat cure and set for 24 hours before adding the next layer of sealing. Be sure to follow the instructions on the manufactures directions for the sealer for the best results. There are sealers you can find in your local home improvement store that are specifically for concrete.
Once all of the sealing is dry and cured, you can then begin to prime the flooring. This is basically a way of getting the paint to stick to the concrete flooring, but it also fills in any small holes and gaps on the floor for a smoother look and feel. When you pour the primer out onto the floor, try making about a plate sized spill of the primer in each corner of your floor, and work the paint roller in all directions, sort of like in a W formation like you would with paint. Make sure that you get all the corners, as close to the floorboards as you can, and the remaining part of the floor.
Painting the Floor
You can really use any paint you want, but most professionals are going to tell you to either use masonry paint, indoor/outdoor paint or something like Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel. It has to be meant for floors like this. We are going to again, spill out about a plate sized amount onto the floor and using a paint roller with a pretty thick nap, use the W formation to cover the entire floor. Chances are, you will need two coats of whatever paint you are using. Make sure you let the first coat dry and then add the second coat. Then in about 24 hours you can walk on the floor and in 72 hours you can start moving your stuff back in to the room or start the design process.
This step is for people that want to create designs or patterns or even their initials into the floor. You can do this quite easily, depending on the design or pattern, with a measuring tape, or straight edge ruler to make your design. Make sure you do it in light pencil. Also, make sure you actually figure out your design before you start drawing, or you’re just going to end up with a bunch of eraser marks! You can try a 3d looking floor with two different blues, checkerboard patterns with red/blue or black/red, you can even try creating a cool design using stencils.