Concrete homes are ubiquitous in Central Florida, but painting them can be quite challenging. It takes a good deal of prep-work to get your concrete home looking amazing, but it's definitely worth the effort.
1. Clean the concrete
Concrete is groovy, literally, and all kinds of dirt and gunk can collect in those tiny cavities.
- Remove dust, grease and dirt by washing the surface with trisodium phosphate (TSP).
Remove any vining plants that may be climbing your concrete walls and pressure wash all surfaces.
2. Strip the old paint
Peeling paint should be removed with a wire brush and a scraper then hit it with a pressure washer.
3. Seal interior concrete
Prevent moisture from penetrating porous concrete by sealing the interior walls with masonry sealer. This will prevent that uncomfortable, damp basement feeling from invading your home.
4. Prime the concrete
On exteriors, use a block filler or block primer to smooth out the surface of the concrete.
5. Paint the concrete
Concrete cracks easily in our Florida climate so be sure to invest in elastomeric paint. Elastomeric paint has a stretchy consistency that moves with the concrete as it moves and doesn't crack like regular exterior paint. Apply paint with a 3/4" nap roller. Let the first coat dry for a day or two before applying the second coat.