Painting concrete surfaces requires more tools, time and skill than painting drywall. They breathe, transport moisture and absorb color. Here's how to do it right.
Cleaning the concrete
Cleaning concrete is an important first step as the porous surface tends to trap dirt, grease and oil.
1) Remove dirt and grease.
2) Tear off vines and moss growing on the foundation. Use a pressure washer or brush to remove any remaining roots and debris.
3) Remove any efflorescence, a white powder that can form on wet concrete.
Remove old paint
Remove peeling or bubbling paint with a wire brush or putty knife. Otherwise, a high-pressure cleaner is also recommended here.
Priming the concrete
A primer is not absolutely necessary, but can increase the durability of the paint by filling in pores and evening out the surface. The Farbenlöwe 2K primer is ideal for this.
Painting the concrete
Spray, roll or brush the paint. The coating must be carried out in dry weather; direct sunlight and surfaces that are too cold must be avoided. One to two coats are recommended; so check the long-term weather forecast before you start.
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