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Painting new concrete floor?
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Chuck, WA    Posted 08-02-2002 at 20:34:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've posted pics of my pole barn previously. While it isn't done or different enough from last time for a new pic, it's time to do some planning. It had a concrete floor, and I was planning to seal it in some way to make it easier to keep clean and avoid perpetual shedding of cement dust. My approach would be to trot on down to Lowe's and browse the shelves and buy whatever looks right, but my sweetie correctly advised that I get online and ask y'all for the advantage of your collective experience.

Any recommendations out there?


Hal/WA    Posted 08-03-2002 at 22:14:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like regular concrete sealer. It is clear and can be applied either with a roller or even easier with a cheap garden sprayer that you pump up. It does make things a little slicker, wet or dry, but it is supposed to really help protect the concrete by keeping moisture from penetrating. It is supposed to help the concrete cure better by holding in moisture if you put it on soon after you finish final trowling. If you apply it indoors, you really have to ventilate well for a couple of days, because it has a lot of solvent in it. Not too expensive, either.

I haven't tried painting concrete since I learned about the sealer. My previous experiences with painted concrete were not good--it always chipped and looked bad after a couple of years. But I haven't tried the epoxies. Are they real expensive and do they require special application precautions like some catalyzed spray paints?


Mark from hobohill    Posted 08-03-2002 at 05:49:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey, F14, To seal your concrete floor from a pro painter, you need to wash the floor first with muriatic acid, very carefully,using lots of ventilation. Then,you can go several different coatings. Epoxy which is the best, but most expensive. Second, some paint stores (Benjamin Moore) sell concrete sealer, H &C is a concrete stain that is good, which will add color. Third, and cheapest way to go is to buy urethane and thin it down 3 to 1 parts solvent. If your concrete is smooth and you just want to keep the dust down, you might want to mix it 50/50. Just because I'm a professional painter and a make do person I'd use the 50/50 method. But, again, epoxy is the best, because of the ability to seal out chemicals. Have a gooder, Mark PS. Are you a pilot? My brother builds F18's.


DeadCarp - F18s?    Posted 08-03-2002 at 07:52:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck, i worked on F18s for 10 years. Mostly on a co-production project with the Aussie Air Force. They use future pilots to assemble the things (part of their training). I was a glorified inspector for Northrop down there in the 80s & shuttled to the Mideast.


Mark from hobohill    Posted 08-03-2002 at 05:51:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OOPS! Looked at the wrong post for the name, Chuck.


F14    Posted 08-03-2002 at 03:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We built three new firehouses a few years back, and painted all the floors with an industrial epoxy paint. We've been very pleased with the appearance and durability. No peeling or wear.

Of course, there's also not a great deal of traffic, and the floor is swept frequently and even mopped occasionally. I hadn't noticed that it was especially slick when wet, no more so than my unpainted garage floor that was power-trowelled to a slick finish.

Of course, the traffic levels, use and abuse it will receive in a barn is a whole 'nother story.


scooterhead    Posted 08-03-2002 at 03:51:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I poured mine last sumer the concrete co. sold me a sealer for it but may be cheaper elswhere but dont know about quality . If ya want a color they can put dye in the concrete and ya dont gota worry about it pealing .


Hillbilly    Posted 08-03-2002 at 03:30:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I work for an architect as a field engineer and we place a lot of concrete on big jobs. If you have a good floor don't use paint. It will peel, get SLICK when wet, wear off and look bad,etc. Go to your concrete supplier and they may be able to supply you with a product. Most larger towns have a store that sell concrete related products (wire,expansion joint materials, tools)that have sealer products. Thompson water seal or similar product is better than paint but a regular sealer is best.


michelle    Posted 08-02-2002 at 20:37:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOWES is the place to go, thats what the commercial said. My concreting husband say to seal it with a concrete sealer. Don't use paint he says it will peal within six months


Burrhead    Posted 08-02-2002 at 20:48:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer hubby is right about the paint----but some sho-nuff fat man on a football commercial said "Ace is the place"


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