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Painting and Staining Concrete 




Clean the concrete

Concrete can trap dirt, grease and oil; so, it is important to clean it before applying stain or paint, as this will improve adhesion and ensure that you get the finished result that you are hoping for.

Remove dirt and grease with Clean It and rinse it off thoroughly. Allow the concrete surface to dry completely. 

For new concrete: Get rid of any laitance (a dusty surface layer on concrete) with Etch It. This will clean the concrete at the same time as Etch It is essentially dissolving the surface layer.

 

Repairs

If your floor is damaged or worn, it should be repaired once the concrete is clean and dry. This should be done prior to painting to ensure the best result! Check out our DIY 'Repairing Concrete' page for detailed concrete repair instructions.

 

 

Paint the concrete

You should always try to use a strong, long lasting paint on concrete floors and that's where Easicoat comes in! It is a flexible, UV resistant, single pack urethane acrylic floor paint that is easy to both apply and clean! Here are some easy step by step instructions on how to use it:

Preparation:

On sand and cement screeds a primer should be used, Prime 'n' Seal is an epoxy resin primer which will give your floor the perfect base for painting.

If the floor has already been painted then you should sand off any existing coatings, unless they are very well bonded and then lightly scarified before coating.
 

Application:

Give the paint a good stir before using and do not apply if the floor temperature is below 10°C

Use a paint brush to cut in around the edges and a roller to spread the paint across the rest of the floor.

Apply 2 coats of with a medium pile roller, allowing for at least 6 hours between coats.

Note: Avoid applying one thick coat, as this will often result in a softer, less hard wearing surface, than two thinner coats. Allow the final coat to dry for at least 16 hours before bringing the surface back into use. 




Staining Concrete

Preparation:

Clear the concrete of debris and dirt using a stiff broom. If necessary, use a stiff wire brush to get into and clean any grooves between slabs.

Use Clean It to get rid of any oil and grease.

If the concrete is sealed (if it is, water will bead up on the surface), strip the sealant from the surface with a concrete stripper so that the stain can penetrate the surface. 

Application:

Warning: Make sure you’re wearing safety glasses and impenetrable gloves for protection.
 

Apply Seal 'n' Tint directly to the concrete using a paint roller, you can use a paintbrush for any hard to reach areas, as well as edges. Coat the concrete thoroughly, but do not allow the stain to puddle or pool on the surface. It is also important to avoid overloading the roller with stain, as this can lead to drip marks spoiling the finish. After it has dried, check to see if you are satisfied with the colour. If you require a deeper colour simply apply a second coat.