How to Prepare Concrete for Painting

If your concrete floor is looking neglected and old, it’s easy to give it a fresh new look by painting it. To make sure your painting looks professional, it’s important to know how to prepare concrete for painting. Haymes’ range of concrete floor paint ensures your concrete floor will look like brand new again.

How to Prepare a Concrete Floor for Painting

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To prepare your concrete floor for painting you’ll need to have the following items:

  • Pressure washer
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Strong rubber gloves and safety goggles
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bucket and watering can
  • Scrubbing brush

Start by removing any dust, dirt, oil stains, grease or contaminants that are on the floor. These can be treated with a heavy-duty concrete degreaser and removed using the pressure washer.

The next step on how to prepare concrete for painting is to check if the concrete surface is rough or smooth. If it doesn’t feel as rough as a 180-grit sandpaper or rougher, you’ll need to use acid to etch the concrete floor. This process ensures the concrete paint adheres to the surface. It’s very important during this process to wear safety equipment and to allow the mixture to stay on the floor for 15 minutes as you work it in with a stiff broom. During this process you’ll notice bubbles forming.

After 15 minutes wash away with clean water and a high-pressure cleaner. Once the area is completely dry, mask up areas of the wall you want to protect.

Thoroughly stir the concrete paint before pouring into a roller tray. Use a paintbrush to cut in around the edges before using a roller on an extension pole to paint the rest of the concrete floor.

How to Prepare a Concrete Garage Floor for Painting

To learn how to prepare concrete garage floor for painting follow the steps above before following the additional steps below. Unlike other concrete floors, your garage concrete floor will need to have a protective epoxy coating applied to resist oil and grease stains and make it easier to clean. Haymes Paint Ultimate Epoxy Coatings have been specifically formulated for concrete garage floors, high traffic areas and factory floors. Available in a wide range of colours, this multi-functional coating system is designed to protect and enhance your concrete garage floor.

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