If you want to spruce-up your cement or concrete floors, you may decide to paint them. Painting cement isn't difficult, but there are some tips and tricks that can significantly impact your finished results.
Use this step-by-step guide to perfectly paint your cement and concrete floors:
Clean and clear your concrete floors. Get your cement as clean as you can, and be sure that the surface is completely dry. You may find that vacuuming the cement is more effective than a broom and dust-pan.
Get your tools together. Get everything together to ensure that you have what you need to complete the project. This includes these items: your primer, paint, sealer, a couple angled sash brushes, a couple rollers, a pan, scraping tools (if applicable), and an extension pole for the rollers.
Strip away the old. If you are first removing old paint, use a wire brush or scraping tool to get rid of much of the paint as possible.
Seal your interior concrete before proceeding. Cement is porous, so if you are painting a basement or garage, you will want to seal the floor first to avoid moisture issues later on. Use a masonry sealer and apply according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Cut-in with your primer paint. Use an angled sash brush to cut-in around the walls, corners, and crevices. This will make it easier to cover the floor with your roller later.
Roll on the primer. Use your extension pole and a roller brush to completely cover the floor. Paint your way out of the space, and give the floor ample time to dry before proceeding.
Cut-in with your floor paint. When the primer has dried, cut-in with your other angled sash brush using your floor paint. Depending on the paint used and the condition of your cement floors, you may need to apply more than one coat.
Paint the floor. Repeat the process that you used with the primer, and paint yourself out of the wet paint area. Use your roller with extension pole to reach all areas and spots of the floor.
Allow to fully dry. Again, allow the floor to dry completely before moving on. Depending on the weather and the type of paint used, it may require drying overnight, between coats.
Sand away any flaws or imperfections. Use a fine-grit sandpaper to gently remove any errors or imperfections in the painted surface, such as brush-strokes or paint-drips.
Before you paint your cement floors, pay heed to the following advice:
- Don't use exterior house paint on cement floors! It has the propensity to crack and peel.
- Masonry paint works great when painting cement, but don't use it in a sprayer. The fine particles in masonry paint will clog your device and apply paint unevenly.
- Expect to apply two or three coats of paint to a cement floor. Be sure to allow each coat to fully dry before applying the next, for best results.
For more information about what you can do with your concrete floors, contact a local cement company today.