Concrete floors look stunning when painted. There are a lot of concrete floor patterns to choose from to help your home, garage, patio, balcony or basement floor look great. You can hire a professional to do it or you can do it yourself. You just need to get the right materials for the preparation.
When you use paint on concrete floors you get the chance to create a rug, floorboard, granite or carpet look. This is perfect for families or individuals who have allergies. You can still have the carpet or rug look on your floors without having to worry about triggering your allergies.
Depending on the style that you want, you can use stencils, checkerboard, borders, and freehand designs to enhance the room’s feature. You just have to consider the room size, natural lighting, and your existing room décor and furniture.
Once you have decided on a design or pattern, it’s important to buy the right kind of paint. Concrete stains and dyes are different from the paint used for walls. Concrete stains are water-based acrylic. Both dyes and stains are specially formulated for concrete. If you use regular paint on concrete flooring, there is a possibility it would peel off.
This type of concrete paint penetrates the concrete by reacting with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete, which helps produce permanent color. They range from translucent to opaque color effects. They are available in standard colors and even metallic tints.
Dyes also penetrate on the concrete but are nonreactive. They are smaller in terms of particle size, which allows easier color saturation and penetration on concrete surfaces. They come in both water and solvent based formulas and range from monotone to translucent color effects.
1. If you have old carpets or vinyl on your floor, remove them.
2. Wash your floor, sweep, mop, or vacuum the floor if necessary. Some floors may have acquired a tremendous amount of dirt. You can use hydrochloric acid solution to remove the dirt and residue of carpet glue and etc. Thoroughly wash, mop and dry after several days. If the floor previously had old paint, sand it off.
3. If there are holes, nails or chunks of concrete, remove them as well. Fill the cracks and holes with a concrete patch or compound.
4. Apply two coats of primer using a roller. Between coats ensure that the layer is dried up before applying the second coating.
5. Use another paint roller or a spray gun and apply at least two coats of concrete paint. Allow the coat to dry between layers as well.
6. Lastly, apply several coats of sealer and let the coats dry between each layer. You can also use tinted sealers to help enhance the color of your painted concrete. You have the option to use water- or solvent-based sealers and they can either be tinted or not.