DECORATIVE PAINTING FOR CONCRETE FLOORS
I know you want to see images related to decorative painting for concrete floors. Before I send you off to look at a bunch of fancy pictures I thought I would give you a few quick tips for properly painting your floors. I'm thinking that doing so will help the paint stick to the floors as opposed to those woolly socks that grandma gave you for your birthday.
CONCRETE FLOOR PAINTING TIPS
One of the most difficult surfaces to make paint adhere to is your flooring. Painted concrete does tend to hold up better than other painted floors though. Even so, there are a few tricks to keep in mind before, during and after the process of decorative painting for concrete floors.
- First up is cleaning the floor. You'll want to sweep it of course but your most important job is to get it scrubbed clean (yup ya gotta use a mop). If your concrete is dirty or shows signs of grease and oil spills it will need to be de-greased or acid etched (see below).
- Once the floor is de-greased, etched, and washed you can then fill (with paintable caulk etc.) any cracks that are visible. Follow up by letting everything throughly dry.
- You can now vacuum the entire floor. Be sure to suck up as much dust and debris as possible especially where the walls meet the floors and in those dusty bunny filled corners.
- Using a good quality primer (one that's recommended for concrete) cut in (edge/brush) then roll your flooring. Remember to mask and tape walls and other areas or items (if needed).
- Let the primer dry, lightly sand it (use a pole sander if possible) then apply a base coat of paint (twice) that will complement the colors of your chosen design. Remember to lightly sand between your first and final coating of paint.
- It's now time to draw out your design. Geometric themes, figures or shapes are usually easiest but almost any decorative painting for concrete floors will look fine. I give a link below to help you decide on what will work best for your particular project.
- Using different sizes of high quality artist or house painting brushes (and paint rollers) you can now paint in your colors. When doing so insure that your selected tones, hues or shades flow well together while complementing one another.
Epoxy paint always stands up best, epoxies can be difficult to work with though and smell worse than the weird kid who sat next to you in grade school. You can use other less toxic coatings but I do recommend applying a durable clear coat (or three) as a top coat finish once your design is completed.
With that said, other non-epoxy paints will work fine but it does depend on the job at hand. Be sure to ask your paint supplier for how to advice, along with guidance regarding proper tool and product selection.
Here's a link to a more in depth
concrete painting page
where acid etching and other concrete floor painting information is discussed. It's about a technique called splatter painting but the information pertains to most concrete floor painting procedures.
floor painting designs
floor painting page
should all help get your project completed.
Color selection advice
would be in order along with all those concrete and non-concrete floor design pictures
that you where looking for.
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