4 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Floor Paint For Concrete| |
1) Not Choosing The Right Paint For The Surface TypeThe biggest mistake people make when buying floor paint for concrete is not to check the compatibility of the paint with the subjected surface area. If your concrete floor is already painted, some new coats may react with overlays, primers or colouring agents – and give you unwanted results in terms of bubbling, blistering or colour bleeding. To avoid these issues, we recommend taking specific product recommendations from a paint manufacturer to match up with the type and condition of your concrete floor. If in doubt, we are always happy to recommend specific products to give the best results. Simply call one of our team for a chat and we will match you up with the right paint.
2) Prioritising Low Cost Over High QualityPainting a concrete floor is a cost-effective way of sprucing up a space and improving its durability. However, there is a strong temptation to go in too cheaply, especially when you have a large floor surface to cover. This is frequently a mistake, because low-quality paints may bring the following issues:
- Impaired surface bonding – leading to blistering and flaking
- Reduced grease and oil resistance
- Reduced water resistance
- Reduced abrasion resistance
3) Inadequate Surface PreparationMany problems people face with paint originate not in the paint itself, but in the surface preparation, or lack of. For the best results, a concrete floor should be sanded to remove irregularities, then any loose material removed and holes filled in. All dust and loose debris should then be removed, the surface be degreased and finally cleaned before painting. Many types of paint benefit from a primer coat before the main surface is applied. Patches of old paint should also be abraded down so there is a completely smooth surface.
4) Unsafe Application TechniquesWe have to mention this, as although it may not affect the finish of the paint, unsafe application techniques can pose a hazard to human health. Before using any paint product, please ensure that the product is safe to be used for an indoor project. This is especially important in areas with limited ventilation, such as garages. Some paints emit hazardous fumes and may also be flammable. Also, please check that your paint does not include ammonium nitrate, as ammonium nitrate fumes react with moisture in the air to form nitric acid, which then turns into nitric oxide gas. This substance is highly corrosive to both concrete and steel, as well as being hazardous to breathe in.
High Quality Floor Paints From TA Paints
To make the right choice of concrete floor paint, choose an established, reputable supplier such as TA Paints. Our full product range can be seen on our online store by clicking here. Individual customers can purchase directly through the website, and there are attractive trade rates available for wholesalers. Please get in touch for further details. You can also find out more information about painting concrete floors, including surface preparation and application techniques, in our free e-book: The Ultimate Floor Paint Guide. Click here to download your copy.