How to Paint Masonry and Concrete Surfaces
Revamping your home does not mean spending heaps of money or calling a professional. Color is a trick which is often forgotten by a lot of people though it completely changes the appearances of rooms, exteriors and furnishings. Your basement, garage brick wall or any other place with concrete or masonry work can get a new look with some new color. Here are the steps to follow for achieving this simple job successfully:
- Start with power wash to remove old paint. Add bleach for removing color and mildew-cide for getting rid of molds. The other alternative is to use a good old scarper and wire brush.
- Clean the surface of any grease or oil residues. Tri-sodium phosphate or TSP is a good concrete cleaning product. Mix it in a bucket and scrub it on the surface with a brush and see all oil leaving like magic.
- Use a readily available concrete patch to cover up cracks or other defects and gaps in your concrete structure. Manufacturer’s instructions on the packet will guide you about the time required for it to dry before applying the paint.
- Choose the masonry paint based on the area whether you will apply it, that is whether it in the interiors or the exteriors. There are various kinds of masonry cement paint available in the market so look around with some time in hand.
- Any and every masonry surface should be primed and sealed before the application of paint. Check for sealing in the basement floor by sticking tape on all four sides of a kitchen wrap stuck to the floor. Condensed water appears on floors which haven’t been sealed. Use both a primer and a sealer for true water proof paint.
- Apply the paint once the sealer and primer coats are dry. Paint brushes can be used for thinner surfaces such as windows and baseboards. For cutting along the lines of a floor, take a brush and use a roller for painting the major portions.
- Use two or three thin coats instead of one thick to avoid chipping or soft surfaces.
- Once the final coat is done, let it dry up. Unless the paint is allowed to dry, especially if it is on the floor, you will end up leaving permanent foot marks on the floor.
Painting these surfaces, can add great variety to your home. Something which used to be dirty is now clean and spunky clean. In fact, colors can create diversity and add illusions of space to your rooms. Just remember, that if you are making use of an oil based primer and paint, you would want mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean the brushes you used as well as yourself.