Paint a Concrete Floor

 

 

Concrete floors in your home can be completely transformed to look absolutely beautiful by simply treating them to a new coat of paint. There are floor paints which are designed for use on interior and exterior concrete floors. They’re especially formulated for garage floors, driveways, pathways and patios and achieve excellent adhesion to concrete, producing a hard wearing and good looking painted surface.

Concrete floors in your home can be completely transformed to look absolutely beautiful by simply treating them to a new coat of paint.

There are concrete floor paints that are especially formulated for garage floors, driveways, pathways and patios and achieves excellent adhesion to concrete, producing a hard wearing and good looking painted surface.

Application of floor paint follows the three step painting rule: clean, prime and paint. Wash the floor down thoroughly and sweep the surface with a bristle broom to get rid of loose surface material. Your cement floor, especially if you’re painting a garage floor, could have oil or grease on the surface. If necessary wash off the grease with a degreaser as paint will not adhere to an oily or greasy surface. Scrub the degreaser into the surface with a bristle broom and wash off the dirt with tap water after 20 minutes.

A piece of adhesive tape is great to use to check that the floor is free of dust or dirt.

Now we’re ready to apply the first top coat.

Before you stir it up add one scoop per litre of grip additive, to promote grip when you walk on the floor. You can use rough building sand as a substitute.

It’s really easy to apply, once again starting with the edging and  then rolling on the paint. To apply the  paint to the main section of floor, simply fit a broom handle or an extension pole to a roller handle and roll the paint onto the floor standing up. As with the primer application, work in small squares that are about two square metres in size and work from one side of the room toward the door so that you can make your escape from the room when you’ve finished.

The paint is very durable, being resistant to water, oil and household acids and chemicals and detergents. A roller cover with a thick nap will take up more paint from the tray and you’ll be able to cover quite a large area without having to re-fill the roller too often. It’s important to do two medium thickness top coats. Thick coats of paint are never a good idea as they may not cure correctly, so spread the paint out to achieve a medium thickness cover. Between coats wrap the roller cover and your brush in plastic. The paint won’t dry and there’s no point in cleaning your tools between coats.

The first coat should be dry and ready for the final coat in about two hours. The final coat goes on really fast, once again doing the edging first and then using the roller to cover the main floor.

Floor paints that are applied in a garage need to have special properties to allow them to be resistant to sudden temperature changes. When your car comes in after a drive the tyres are very hot. Normal paints will be damaged by this sudden increase in heat.

Floors take a beating that walls are not subjected to. You need that extra durability that’s in a quality floor paint to produce a lovely finish that’ll last for many years.

And one really nice feature is that it’s water based and so clean-up at the end of the job is with soap and water.

Floor paints are available in an enormous range of colours that can be mixed to suit your décor or tastes. Have a look at our movie on selecting colours to help you to make your choice. If you need any further information, pop into your local paint store for a chat.

 

Painting a concrete floor