The actual process of concrete paint application to your concrete surface is fairly easy to perform as long as it is done after the necessary surface preparation is meticulously performed. The task of preparing the concrete surface for actual painting is worthy to be discussed in detail, like checking the surface for porosity and moisture content, as well as cleaning and getting rid of curing compounds, we will focus mainly on to the actual painting process. Here is the step-by-step guide to Concrete Paint application for such surfaces.
1. Check the porosity of the concrete surface to be painted upon by dousing the surface with a little water. A good surface is porous enough to readily absorb liquid.
2. Check the concrete surface for excessive moisture content and dehumidify the surface if necessary.
3. Thoroughly clean the surface and get rid of excess paint, grease, oil, molds and other residue aggregates. Make sure the surface is completely dry.
4. Check the whole concrete surface for cracks, holes and other defects, and perform the necessary repair using concrete patches. Dap 3.0 is a great product, make sure the caulk is paintable.
5. Perform the sealing and priming procedure before the actual concrete paint application. Just make sure the primer you use combines well with your masonry sealant so that it will adhere well. Let the surface dry completely so you can begin painting the concrete with the color of your choice.
6. Be sure to use paint suitable for concrete surfaces. If you are working on concrete flooring, you can use a water-based acrylic stain, water-based dye or solvent-based dye. All have different color effects to match your taste.
7. Apply the Concrete or Paving Paint in 2-4 thin layers using a roller or a sprayer, then let the surface dry between coats. This is when you could use a sponge or broom to add texture, or blend different colors.
8. Use a brush when working around tight and delicate areas like near floor edges, corners, window edges and baseboards.
9. When working on concrete floors, you can use additives to your Concrete Paint to make the finish less slippery. It is best to consult your contractor for what kind of floor paint is best suited for this purpose.
10. Lastly, apply a coat or two of a quality top coat sealer after the painting job is finished. Then let it dry. The sealer comes in water based or solvent based. The general rule is solvent over solvent. This will provide additional protection for your concrete for a long time.