Preparing Your Concrete Surface for Painting and Sealing

Good preparation is important for any remodeling job, and with painting it’s especially true. When you’re working with concrete it can be even more critical so the application of paint adhere properly and doesn’t cause you problems later. Prep time is somewhat boring and for those who are impatient it can be temping to rush through it, but you’ll regret it later if you don’t pay attention to the details. This article will outline some of the most important steps when it comes to preparing and painting your concrete surface.

Concrete floors are sometimes just left alone, but in some areas you’ll want them to look more finished, like in an upscale shop or even a breezeway or laundry area.

To start, be sure your floor is completely clean of all debris, so sweep and/or vacuum it well. If necessary clean off any grease and contaminants with the Concrete paint appropriate cleaning solutions. In order to get the paint to adhere correctly to the concrete you need to roughen it up a bit, this is called etching. Be sure to have a well ventilated area, or at least where protective respirators if no ventilation is available. Also wear protective gloves and masks. The material for the etching is rather corrosive and caustic. It’s a muriatic acid and water mixture of 3 parts water, 1 part acid. Scrub the floor with this solution. Leave it on until it stops bubbling and then rinse it completely with clean water. Get rid of any puddles and let it dry. It should be dry in a few hours, if not, rinse it again really well and wait for it to dry completely.

Now you can apply your concrete paint. When the painting process is finished and it’s dry, you can apply your concrete sealer to keep it looking fresh and enhance the longevity and durability.

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