How to Paint Concrete Floors
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Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a new coat of paint
Time: A full day
Cost: $50 -120
Painting concrete doesn't have to be overwhelming, it's easier than you might think. We'll walk you through the steps to transform your cool gray concrete floor into a warm and welcoming environment.
- Steel brush
- Vacuum cleaner (with brush attachment)
- Paint scraper
- Paint tray or bucket and canvas
- Concrete Crack Sealer
- Concrete paint
- Painter's tape
Step 1: Choose a painting
There are many concrete floor paint options on the market today. Whether you're painting your garage floor, basement floor, or even your front porch, it's good to know what paint to buy.
- Drylok concrete floor paint works well for basement floors. This latex-based paint is tough enough for high-traffic areas. You don't need to apply a primer coat and you can paint over previously painted floors. This paint dries quickly with little odor and cleans up with soap and water. Available in various colors and white base for custom dyeing.
- The Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield Basement Flooring Kit can help transform your basement into a living space. This two-component water-based epoxy applies in a single coat, no primer is required. Kit includes two cans (one-liter activator and one gallon of primer) with decorative chips for texture.
- Kilz Garage and Concrete Floor Paint is an interior and exterior water-based floor paint. Suitable for high traffic areas such as sidewalks and garage floors, it is applied in a single coat to concrete, masonry, stone, and brick. Dry to the touch in two hours. Repaint in four hours.
Step 2: preparing the painting area
- Thoroughly clean the painting area, removing obstacles.
- Inspect the concrete for cracks, structural damage, and loose paint chips, as well as dirt, water, and grease.
- Fill any cracks with a concrete crack sealer and repair any structural damage with hydraulic cement or quick-setting cement. Make sure the cement is fully cured before painting.
- If the floor has been painted multiple times, you can remove the old paint with a wire brush or a side grinder with a wire wheel.
- Sweep and vacuum the paint area thoroughly.
Step 3: masking tape
- Use masking tape to mask the walls and baseboards around the perimeter of the room. Cover all trim, handrails, and baseboard heaters that you want to keep paint-free.
Step 4: primer coating
- It may be necessary to apply a primer coat at this point. Some floor paints do not require a primer. Consult the application instructions on the paint can and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
- DryLoc Floor Paint recommends that the first coat be thinned with ½ liter of water per gallon of paint. Let the first coat dry for at least four hours between coats.
Step 5: cut
- Before you begin, open some windows to ventilate.
- Pour a manageable amount of paint into a small container that you can hold in one hand. Paint the edge of the floor along the perimeter of the entire room, using 2-1 / 2-inch paper. angled brush.
Step 6: roller painting
- Make sure to stir the ink with a stick before you begin.
- Start in the corner of the room furthest from the door. Work your way as you paint in three- to four-foot sections. Make sure you don't paint yourself in a corner.
- Fill the roller tray a little more than half full with ink. Too much ink may spill into the tray.
- Load the roller with ink from the ink tray and pass the ink across the floor. Roll the ink back without filling the roller to make sure the floor is evenly covered.
- Again, load the roller with ink and start a new line on top of the old one. The edges of the rollers tend to leave ink build-up lines. Pass the lines and mix them with the rest of the paint.
Step 7: clean
- Wash the brush in hot water and washing powder immediately after finishing.
- Wash the roller with hot water and powdered detergent (or discard) immediately after finishing.
- Let the ink dry completely (minimum four hours).
- While slowly peeling off the applied tape, use a putty knife to score along the edge where it meets the floor to prevent the new paint from peeling.
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