Painting Concrete

Everything about concrete, from the How to Prep before Concrete Painting to Concrete Testing of moisture or alkalinity

Concrete Must Have Products

You can go much faster with your concrete job with the right products. Here are the main recommendations. 

Life Saver

3M Respirator – Half Facepiece; choose size on page
Mask without filters – Need filter kit below or buy filters separately

Life Saver

Paint Respirator Supply Kit
Use with 3M masks – contains chemical and outer filters plus clip

Time Saving

Bosch Angle 5″ Grinder Variable Speed with Paddle Switch
Safely rips away paint from wood, metal with disc shown below

Time Saving

DEWALT Grinding Wheel, Double Row, Diamond Cup

Top Choice

3M Mold Remediation Respirator Kit 68097
Protect eyes and lungs- chemical cartridges sold separately

Articles on Concrete

Contrasting garage door paint color

Garage Door Paint & How To Make It Last

After it has been prepped and primed well, the house paint you are already using is perfectly proper to use as a garage door paint. But you can also add longer-lasting protection with some very good top brand paints. Garage doors get beat up, so we tell customers to use the best.

Garage Floor Paint (+What Other Websites Get Wrong)

If you have been searching for garage floor paint, you now see the bewildering array of styles or types of floor coatings (not all of them are truly called paints). We picked the best of each category.
Shopping you will see off-brand coatings showing beautiful photos with what they call the best garage floor paint. Really? Show me the floor in 10 years.

Painting Concrete Floor

Painting Concrete Floor? The Complete Guide

The biggest cause of painting concrete failure (not bonding, delamination, bubbling, etc.), is poor prep. We will explained how to paint concrete floors step by step. With links to the all-important concrete prep (testing, to etch or now, cleaning, rinsing, etc).

Perfect driveway paint

Driveway Paint: The Best One & How To Apply It

All you need to know about driveway paint: not just for curbs and lines… and “how-to” paint driveways and more. Most importantly, my shortlist of driveway paints you can trust. Both are types of epoxy but don’t worry, it’s easy.

Concrete Paint – Top Picks and 5 Key Planning Points

What concrete paint to put on your floor depends on your comfort with the look and lifespan. Some customers of ours are very picky and want a perfect high-gloss epoxy and others just want a budget facelift. We also link you to every topic you need to consider: from cleaning to cleanup.

Concrete preparation- grinding before painting

How to Prepare Concrete for Painting or Staining

Here’s how to prep concrete for paint or for any type of coating. If your concrete slab has been sealed or not, it’s here. We looked around the ‘net and saw some “expert” DIY sites focussing on acid etching. Wow, sexy. But you need to think outside the sexy.

Concrete stained floor

Concrete Stain – Top Recommended Stains (+How To Stain Concrete)

Old painters like me want zero maintenance in our homes. Staining concrete is relatively easy and lasts forever. Ok, not forever. I’ve listed here what I have found to be the best concrete stains and the complete “how-to” stain concrete. This is a way to transform an ugly or just plain concrete floor into something you will take pride in.

moisture test on concrete floor before painting

Concrete Testing: Moisture Tests & Alkalinity Test

Here are the main methods for concrete testing: several for moisture and one for alkalinity. If you have any doubt, do these tests before painting concrete. Most of these you can do yourself, but what you need a professional for is discussed as well.

woman sitting on a floor that needs painting

Best Floor Paint: Only 1 Coat!

You are in luck. Applying floor paint is the easiest thing we painters do. When you use the best floor paint you will only need one coat in most cases. We only use high-quality floor paint. And painting floors is easy. Don’t thank me, thank gravity.

Concrete Painting Tools & Supplies

Products here are selected by a pro: reasonably priced, high-quality products. The key to doing quality work quickly is good painting tools.