A Guide to Painting Your Basement Floor
You already know that a fresh coat of paint on the walls results in amazing home transformations, but have you ever considered painting your floors? A painted floor can liven up a dull room such as your basement or garage, especially if you’re not ready to invest in brand new flooring. Not to mention, it’s easier to paint a floor than installing new hardwood or tiles.
There are a few tips to consider when figuring out how to paint a basement floor. Are you painting the original concrete? Were the floors painted already? Or are you painting over a basement floor that has a different type of flooring installed? No matter the state of your current floor, Motor City Paint is here to guide you through the floor-painting process.
Prepare Your Floor for Painting
As with any home project, preparation is key to ensure that your paint lasts a long time. If you don’t properly prepare the floor before you paint, then painting your basement floor won’t be as cost-effective.
First, clean the floors to get rid of any dust or grime. Repair any cracks and sand down any rough parts of the surface. If the floor you plan to paint has had paint, treatment, or topcoats, such as wax, previously applied, it should be sanded down. Otherwise, your new coat of paint won’t stick and will crack and peel when it dries. If you plan on painting tile, the grout must also be cleaned thoroughly.
Second, consider using primer if you are painting a porous surface, like concrete. You can find special concrete primers, or block primer, at your local paint store. This primer will fill in the pores of your surface so that your paint can adhere better. Primer can also help renew the look of floors that are old or made of lower-quality materials. Allow a couple of days for the primer to dry before applying your paint.
Lastly, make sure your surfaces are completely dry before you start painting and in between coats. Water and humidity can prevent your paint from drying properly. Basements often have higher humidity levels, and a dehumidifier can help control the humidity and allow your paint to set smoothly.
Choosing the Right Paint for Your Floor
Now that your basement floor is prepared correctly, it’s time to paint! Different types of flooring will require particular types of paint that are designed for each surface.
Concrete is porous and soaks in paint, which is why regular house paints will just peel and crack soon after the paint dries. Masonry paint and epoxy floor paints are the top choices for painting concrete floors. These paints are more durable and effective because they have binders that expand and contract with your floor.
Hardwood that has a polyurethane finish must be sanded down before painting. If your hardwood needs a little revival or update, you may want to consider using semi-transparent or semi-solid stain colors to keep a natural look. If you’re looking for more color, chalk synthesis paint can also hold up well. For a sealed finish remember to apply a coat of polyurethane or lacquer for painted floors.
Tiles with a high gloss finish need to be sanded down before you apply any paint, otherwise the paint won’t adhere. Alkyd paints and oil-based floor paints tend to work best with ceramic tiles, but you may need to use multiple coats. Some floor paints may not require a topcoat, but you may also consider sealing your painted tile with polyurethane.
Once you’ve figured out how to paint your basement floors, the possibilities are endless. Paint them a solid color, use multiple colors, or, if you’re feeling bold, find a stencil for a patterned design. If you’re still not sure what type of paint is going to work best in your home, find a Motor City Paint store near you, or contact us with your question. We are always here to help.