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What kind of paint do you use on concrete?

Last Updated: 20th April, 2020

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Masonry paint (also called elastomeric paint or elastomeric wall coating) is a good choice for concrete painting because it contains binders that contract and expand with the concrete. Exterior house paint can crack and peel on concrete.

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Keeping this in consideration, is painting concrete a good idea?

A fresh coat of paint or stain can really spruce up concrete basement or garage walls and floors and bring new life to a worn concrete patio. Concrete paints and stains help to mask surface discoloration and signs of wear and tear and they extend the life of concrete by preventing further damage.

Similarly, how do you get paint to stick to concrete? ANSWER: Today's epoxy, polyurethane and acrylic paints wear much better than oil and alkyd paints on concrete. Before applying a water-resistant paint, clean and roughen the surface. Use a trisodium phosphate solution or strong detergent to scrub the floor.

Correspondingly, what kind of paint do you use on concrete floors?

Select a primer that's compatible with both concrete and the epoxy paint that you'll use as a finish coat. (Epoxy paint is the best choice for floors, which take a lot of abuse. You'll get the most durable results from epoxy, and it will hold up better over time than latex paint.)

Can you use acrylic paint on concrete?

While you can use typical acrylic paints on your concrete slabs, you'll need to keep in mind that most acrylic paints aren't made to take the abuse that a horizontal surface takes. When you do use typical acrylic paints on your concrete, you'll also need to purchase a sealer to help preserve the life of your paint.

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Ramon Wiedensee

Professional

Do I need to prime concrete before painting?

For a clean and even coat of paint, your concrete surface will need to be thoroughly cleaned before primer is applied. Most primers will dry in a few hours, but home improvement professionals suggest waiting a full eight hours after priming before applying paint just to be sure.

Yania Leris

Professional

What is the best concrete paint?

Best type of concrete floor paint
Hands down, your best choice between the two is the 1-Part epoxy paint. The reason 1-Part epoxy paint is the better choice has to do with the properties of the epoxy ester resin that is mixed in with the acrylic latex.

Birger Ditmar

Professional

How long does painted concrete last?

Allow the paint to cure for three to four days for an exterior floor, or a full week for a concrete driveway, before you start to use the good-looking new surface.

Pancracia Labrenz

Explainer

What is the difference between concrete paint and regular paint?

This is because concrete paint is created by combining two main ingredients – a resin and a hardener. These two components combine to create an epoxy. Alternatively, regular paint is either oil-based or latex-based. For both types, the liquid base is combined with a binder to allow for adhesion.

Miryan Llarch

Explainer

Is it better to paint or stain concrete?

Concrete stain embeds the surface to color it translucently, while opaque concrete paint covers the top of the concrete but is subject to chipping and peeling when improperly applied. Concrete stains go on quicker, dry faster and take less work than concrete paint, but they offer no significant protection.

Jazmine Viver

Pundit

Do you need to seal painted concrete?

Sealing a painted concrete floor is an important step because it adds an extra layer of protection on top of the painted surface. Concrete sealant is available in matte and glossy finishes, giving you a choice of adding a smooth or shiny coat on top of the paint.

Vidala Townsley

Pundit

Can I paint over concrete?

Masonry paint (also called elastomeric paint or elastomeric wall coating) is a good choice for concrete painting because it contains binders that contract and expand with the concrete. Exterior house paint can crack and peel on concrete. No matter how you apply paint, let it dry for a day between coats.

Brittani Dworeck

Pundit

How do you paint over old concrete?

  1. STEP 1: Patch gouged or otherwise damaged areas with concrete filler.
  2. STEP 2: Clean the concrete surface with TSP.
  3. STEP 3: Let the surface dry thoroughly before you begin to paint the concrete.
  4. STEP 4: Brush paint onto the perimeter of the concrete.
  5. STEP 5: Roll on more paint to cover the interior.

Cyrille Nusinov

Pundit

What is the best waterproofing paint for concrete?

KILZ® Basement & Masonry Waterproofing Paint is a premium, interior/exterior waterproofing paint designed for porous concrete and masonry surfaces.

Uwe Moebes

Pundit

What is the best finish for concrete floors?

In good concrete floor finishes, the floor will look smooth and provide the perfect levels of flexibility and strength necessary for your building. Some of the most popular choices for concrete floor finishes are epoxy, polyurethane, and polyaspartic compounds.

Waldina Wruck

Teacher

Can you use latex paint on a cement floor?

Ordinary latex paint is well-suited for interior concrete walls. Use an eggshell or satin latex paint on concrete walls that aren't exposed to much duress. If you plan to paint exterior concrete walls and fences, use an exterior acrylic paint that will hold up to ultraviolet light and harsh weather conditions.

Abidine Zheryapin

Teacher

How much does it cost to paint a concrete floor?

Average Cost to Paint & Seal Concrete
Expect to pay between $0.50 and $2.50 per square foot (not including labor) to seal your surface with a high-performance epoxy or urethane. If you want to paint the floor first, you will pay an extra $1.45 to $3 per square foot.

Yiwei Provan

Teacher

What is the best paint to use to paint concrete?

Best Kind of Paint to Use on Concrete
  • Masonry Paints. Paint intended for masonry or bricks also works on concrete.
  • Two-Stage Epoxy Floor Coverings. If you want an extra-strong paint for garage floors, workshops, driveways or even a basement surface, opt for a two-part epoxy floor paint.
  • Epoxy Terrazzo Options.
  • Concrete Color Stains.

Edgard Giuseppe

Teacher

Can you use spray paint on concrete?

Spray paints and stains are handy for a variety of painted effects on concrete statues. Most exterior spray paints adhere well to clean, unfinished concrete, and you can add a finishing coat of clear enamel to provide a glossy sheen and to make sure the paint stays put on the concrete.

Gancho Leche

Reviewer

How do you clean a concrete basement floor before painting?

Clean your basement floor thoroughly.
  1. Move all furniture out of the area that will be painted.
  2. Sweep the floor, including baseboards.
  3. Use a degreasing agent as needed to remove oil and other substances from the surface.
  4. Scrub the floor with a detergent and water mixture, using a heavy brush.

Idy Langehans

Reviewer

Should you paint a concrete basement floor?

A. It is definitely possible, but painting a basement floor has several pitfalls: Moisture seepage. Painting a concrete floor require special paint. Most so-called porch-and-floor paints will work if other conditions are good, but it is best to look for a special concrete-floor paint.

Keltse Walls

Reviewer

How do you fix painted concrete?

Mix enough water to a small amount of resurfacing concrete so you can spread it easily with a trowel, about 1 part resurfacing concrete to 7 parts water. Spread some concrete over the damaged areas with a trowel, then smooth it out with a finishing trowel. Wait for a few hours to let it set.

Masha Stallbohm

Reviewer

What is the difference between floor paint and wall paint?

Durability. Whilst clearly both types of paint require durability in their application, you will find floor paint is a far more durable product. Floor paint is able to stand up to scuffs and knocks from footfall and vehicle movements. Wall paint is durable too, but in a different context.

Cathie Leuthauser

Supporter

Can you use regular paint on concrete floors?

Latex paint and epoxy enamel paint are the two most common choices when selecting paint to use on concrete. Latex acrylic paint for concrete floors would be the best choice for indoor concrete but not for any high traffic areas.