Painting concrete floors is a great way to dress, seal, or protect these sturdy surfaces. Knowing how to paint concrete floors can make the difference between an elegant statement and a mess. Below are steps on how to paint a concrete floor, same steps used by most commercial painter .
Gather your materials
You will need a stirring stick, a pair of 2-1 / 2-inch synthetic saddle brush, a telescoping extension pole, two roller covers, a roller cage, a 5-in-1 tool, a roller tray and liners. You also need a primer and a finish paint.
Wash the floor
The concrete floor must be completely dry before starting this project. If your soil shows signs of water leakage, the water source must be attended to before you start. Some of the materials used for this project require special masks and other equipment due to fumes. Read all product labels carefully. Let the soil dry completely after applying each coat.
Wash the floor thoroughly with a degreasing solution. Rinse several times until mop is clean. Allow to dry for several days.
Cut in the edges of your room with your primer.
Once you have prepared the room, start with the corner that is farthest from the door and cut in the edges of the floor with a 2-1 / 2 inch sash brush.
Roll on the primer
Use an extension pole to help you roll the primer to the ground. The pole will help in speeding up the work and save your back. Work in areas of 4 square feet. Allow the floor to dry completely. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the time to allow it to dry, usually from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
Cut in the edges of your room with your finish paint
Use a clean brush 2-1 / 2 inches to cut the finish paint around the perimeter of the room.
Roll on the finish paint
Starting from the farthest corner from the door, roll topcoat using a roller with an extension pole.
Let the paint dry overnight before walking on it.
Better to leave the paint cure for several days before moving in furniture or carpets.
Use 180 grit sandpaper to remove blemishes on the floor, such as drips or brush strokes. The smoother the floor, the nicer your finished project will be.