Painting a Concrete Foundation?

April 10, 2011

Cans of different colored paint.I want to paint the concrete around the bottom of my house (exterior). Do I need to clean it and do I need to primer it?

By Nancy from PA



April 10, 20110 found this helpful

The concrete foundation should be clean and use latex paint. Does'nt need to be primed but I don't think the paint will hodl up to the outside elements very well. I would plant shrubbery arount the foundation.

April 10, 20110 found this helpful

Oh ya, foxrun is wright it will peel off and then you have more up keep on your home. But if you really have to paint, I used spray paint on my basement floor, holding up pretty good. Just don't put it on very thick, put on thin layers.

April 11, 20110 found this helpful

I don't honestly know. I am sure you need to clean it well, you do on anything you paint. Primer, I doubt it.


But you need concrete paint at any rate, so contact your local paint store and ask them.


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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

I've painted the concrete bottom of two homes with great success and those were both in Michigan with super cold, snowy, icy winters and super hot and humid summers which can be killer weather on paint projects. I had great success!

First power wash well, wait for it to dry out completely, wait for a week where your forecast is going to be warm and dry and then paint during that week with a good quality outdoor concrete paint. No paint, including painting assorted siding materials, will hold up forever but if you do it right you'll have a few years before needing retouching or repainting. Oh, and I did not prime other than power washing.


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April 12, 20110 found this helpful

Mine is painted and I never primed it before hand. I used latex paint and it has been on there for 6 years with no signs of peeling or anything. I used latex paint.

February 28, 20140 found this helpful

I am also wanting to do my indoor floors. My hopes is to remove all the carpet, padding, scrub with a buffer, then pressure wash it, then run a duster to make sure I got it clean as clean can be, once dries apply a coat of blended mix of liquid marble like latex paint to give it the marble look. After that dries I want to add concrete sealer to finish it off.


My concern is toxicity to the lungs over time as this will be on our indoor floors over the next several years. We are seniors with pets so I need to have it where I can keep clean easily. Do anyone have any ideas or concerns about my method?

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