Concrete Floor Paint

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Jul 29, 2013 | Sayward Rebhal

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Whether you’re trying to turn a residential garage into a cozy domestic space, or renovating an industrial loft into something a little more livable, concrete floors can seem to pose a serious design challenge. They often feel cold, corporate, and uninviting. Not to mention they look so dark and gloomy!

But never fear -- that’s why they make concrete floor paint! This is a product that can take an icy, impersonal room and transform it into hip, happy place to be. Interested in learning more? I thought so!

What is concrete floor paint?

Well, it’s a very specific type of paint that’s made to adhere to concrete while providing a durable, long-lasting finish. The best option for a high-foot traffic concrete floor would be an epoxy-based paint that’s been specially formulated to work with concrete. Water-based versions and oil-based versions are available, but epoxy is the strongest and therefore, your best bet.

What Can You Do With Concrete Floor Paint?

You may be raising a skeptic’s eyebrow at the thought of a painted concrete floor looking anything other than downright industrial, but trust me when I say you can have a whole lot of creative fun with a project like this. For example . . .

And, well, you get the idea. The options are endless!

How to Apply Concrete Floor Paint:

Alright, so you’re ready to do this. First, you’ll need to completely and thoroughly wash the entire concrete floor with a special degreasing solution. After applying the degreaser, rinse it clean several times - until the mop water runs clear. After washing the floor, allow it to dry for several days. The concrete will need to be 100% dry before you proceed.

Sand the concrete floor to remove any old paint or stains, and to level any uneven areas. Follow the sanding with a thorough vacuuming and a pass with a tack cloth, to pick up every last bit of dust and debris.

Then, fill in any cracks or blemishes with a concrete patch compound. Allow the patch compound to dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Apply a primer, at least one coat, but ideally two. Allow the floor to completely dry between each coat. When the last coat of primer is totally dry, apply the epoxy concrete floor paint. You’ll need at least two coats, and as with the primer, make sure that you allow the floor to dry out all the way in between coats.

Finally, apply a masonry sealer. You should use two coats, again allowing the floor to completely dry between each coat.

And that’s how you take an ugly, commercial-looking concrete floor and turn it into a gorgeous, modern design feature. Good look!

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