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    Default Painting concrete floors

    Has anyone painted their concrete floors? I'm thinking of doing this in DS10's room. He has carpet, and I was thinking I could pull that up, and paint the floor a neutral color and decorate with his same rug. The carpet is nasty because he was a very sick child and threw up a lot when he was little! I have steamed it, shampooed it, and it's still nasty. It's just time for new flooring.

    I have a big expense with DD15 going to Haiti in '09, and I just don't want to shell out the cash for new carpet.

    My friend did this in her DDs' rooms, and it looked so cute! They painted their names in the center of the floor, and painted groovy flowers, etc.

    So, anyone out there familiar with the process? We are on a concrete slab, and the concrete underneath is in good shape...I'm pretty sure. We have a storage room where we left just bare concrete, and it's smooth and has no cracks.

    Should I go for it????????? Thanks!

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    I have done this before. Yes, it is a good idea. Make sure though before you paint you throughly wash the floor with a product called T.S.P. You can buy it at any hardware store (it comes in a milk carton kind of container). This will lift any grease or dirt or anything on the floor and the paint will stick forever. Have fun!




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    I think this is a great idea. I have even thought about this myself. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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    yes, i have painted concrete slab. buy Floor Paint.

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    After washing with TSP, be sure to prime the concrete with an appropriate primer/sealer. Then and only then should you apply the finish coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greebo View Post
    After washing with TSP, be sure to prime the concrete with an appropriate primer/sealer. Then and only then should you apply the finish coat.
    yeah in the dim recesses of my mind-- i was on the floor for days with a putty knife scraping off the builders paint, plaster, and egregious yuck from building the house. before we put the primer down.

    it has held up well, in a high traffic area for 14 years. not bad...
    Last edited by ladykemma2; 12-24-2008 at 08:48 AM.

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    Thanks, everyone. I knew I could count on y'all for advice! I'm going to "go for it." Sometime in Jan.....

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