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Old 01-29-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Paint concrete floor to eliminate dusting (not epoxy)


I'm familiar with 2-part epoxies, I've used them on garage floors.

I have a new construction house with a concrete floor basement. One of the model homes had the floor painted a nice "concrete" color which I would like to do to reduce the dusting/dirty effect of concrete down there. Just going to be used for storage & kids running around until I get to the point where I'm ready to finish the basement.

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I'm familiar with 2-part epoxies, I've used them on garage floors.

I have a new construction house with a concrete floor basement. One of the model homes had the floor painted a nice "concrete" color which I would like to do to reduce the dusting/dirty effect of concrete down there. Just going to be used for storage & kids running around until I get to the point where I'm ready to finish the basement.

Which product should I use?

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Never paint concrete,if you want to stop the dusting of your new concrete floor just use a concrete sealer.
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Think ahead, what's the plans for the future flooring?
Just want to make sure anything you apply now is not going to cause a problem latter.
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Never paint concrete,if you want to stop the dusting of your new concrete floor just use a concrete sealer.
Why not?
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Think ahead, what's the plans for the future flooring?
Just want to make sure anything you apply now is not going to cause a problem latter.
Not tile, if that's where you were going... Either carpet or engineered.

I don't want to invest much time or money now. Just want to be able to take stuff out of boxes and walk around without getting crap all over it.

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Why not?

Because once it's painted,the maintenance never ends.
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Because once it's painted,the maintenance never ends.
We're not talking finish floor or a high traffic area. Temporary.
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Have you used it and what has been your experience with it?

Yes, I've used it many times, Dave. Yes, concrete can be a crap shoot, but as long as it's a clean, sound surface and you don't have water sitting on it, it's a durable finish.
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Hiya Dave,

To begin, there is absolutely nothing wrong with painting a concrete floor. Yes, it will create a maintenance issue (occasional repainting depending on what type of traffic and exposure), but wouldn't that also be true of a clear sealer? Clear concrete sealers are no more permanent coatings than are their pigmented cousins (paint) - and is the maintenance of periodically re-applying a paint or sealer application really much different than the amount of energy it takes to address the perpetual dusting of concrete?

Concrete hardeners are added to new concrete as the floor is being poured...these hardener/sealers/curing agents are necessary as they strengthen concrete, protect against spalling and minimize the amount of dusting that naturally occurs with concrete.

To paint this surface, most manufacturers are going to recommend removing these hardener/sealers to ensure a better bond between concrete and new paint, and acid etching is the most common means of doing so. Unfortunately, acid etching can be problematic in an enclosed, interior environment...so, I'm going to recommend something a little different.

Prior to painting, mop your floor with a non-sudsing detergent to remove all dust, dirt, oils/grease, or any other foreign matter that may inhibit the paints ability to adhere properly....then, rinse floor completely with clean water and allow to dry.

Now, instead of attempting to remove the concrete hardeners by acid etching, I suggest applying a single application of an acrylic masonry sealer designed for app over sealed surfaces (UGL and Seal Krete both make one and are available from any independent paint dealer...Richards Paint makes a really good one called "Floor-Tite" and you have several Richards Paint dealers in your area)...These sealers are made with "nano-tech" modified epoxy/acrylic resins that allow for penetration into "sealed" surfaces and provide a foundation for exceptional adhesion of acrylic finish coats of paint...

After sealer has dried (a few hours), apply 1 or 2 applications of a high quality Acrylic Floor coating similar to the one Gymschu has recommended. This is going to provide plenty of protection against the type of traffic you've described and be a good foundation for any future floor system that you may consider (including WB epoxies if so desired).

With the sealer and finish, most dusting (coming from the floor) will be eliminated (However, dusting may still come from other concrete surfaces such as walls, un-sealed crawl space, etc.)...

I hope this info is more helpful than confusing for your project...Let us know what you decide and how it turns out.
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Doesn't make any difference,two things that should never be painted is concrete and brick.
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Think ahead, what's the plans for the future flooring?
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This. This exactly.
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Ric,

Thanks for the detailed reply. My basement has that insulation down to the floor, an also an HVAC unit sitting on the floor. The only thing I'm a bit nervous about is rinsing the floor? How would I accomplish this? I have a sump pit but it currently has a pump in it. When I rinsed my garage floor after acid etch, I just squeegee'd it all out the door.

I'm pretty sure that my concrete is not sealed. Some water drops should tell me that, right?
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Acrylic floor finish is cheap and it will seal the concrete and make it so a broom glides over it easily. The plus is you won't have a color in the mix that shows up scratches and dings.

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