Q: What is the best way to paint and protect a concrete floor?
A: Painting concrete floors continues to be a popular way to bring color to spaces like basements and garages. There are many considerations that should be taken into account, beforehand. Of course, an epoxy based paint or surface treatment solution, specifically made for concrete surfaces, should be used for the job. These are formulated differently from traditional exterior and interior paints. Before even starting the job, eliminate any moisture or cracking problems, as these issues will remain afterward. Moisture, in particular, can prevent adhesion of the paint to the concrete surface. Ventilation is another matter to take note, as fumes are often associated with these types of paints. Prep work is invaluable to the condition of the finish product. Dust, mop, and clean the overall surface. Sand rough spots and make any necessary repairs. As with any paint job, prime the surface with a decent coat. Apply the paint with rollers, evenly, and most importantly, with strokes in the same direction. Coating and sealant solutions that are not epoxy paint may have other application methods, and clear epoxy sealant can allow creative opportunities to use color. After drying, add an additional coat. Lighter shades can bring a bit more light into dark spaces such as basement laundry rooms, but the color choice is up to you.