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How to paint concrete

brown sofa on painted concrete floor


stone heart and painted concrete floor

Painting concrete is becoming
more and more popular and, therefore, I thought it maybe of interest to see
what can be achieved with a great deal of patience and, in my opinion, a lot
of talent.

not only found out where the much sought after “Breakthrough
sealant* can be obtained both in America
and the UK (details below) but also sent me instructions and pictures
showing the results of her efforts.  I am sure you will agree it is
most impressive.


She writes as follows:-

Here is a photo of my work in progress: The floor was prepared per your
instructions – I had to prepare the floor by filling some cracks. I used two products manufactured by DAP. They worked wonderfully. 

I painted a base coat over the
Kilz* to match the grout in my fireplace. 

Floor was marked in pencil as if we were laying tile and grout lines were taped in before painting. Works best to peel off the tape as you complete a few squares. 

Next I’m using a sea sponge and a stipple brush to achieve the desired effect overlapping colors and in spaces letting the base color show through as long as it’s not by a grout line. 

painting a concrete floor


When people heard of my intentions to paint the floor they thought I was nuts. 

Painted it to look like tile to match the colors in my natural stone fireplace. 

brown sofas on painted concrete floor

My only complaints are that it’s tedious
and sitting on a floor painting as long as I have makes you hurt all over. I finally had a brainstorm and started using one of those little foam gardening pads that you use to kneel on.

People can hardly believe their eyes. Everyone who has seen it now says it’s beautiful! 

* Kilz is a primer and/or


Breakthrough “clear
satin” sealant is recommended to provide protection for your finished

Apparently this product is very difficult, if not impossible to get hold of
these days.  One of the companies which used to supply it (HPI Finishing
Supply) no longer seems to have a presence online.  

contacted me as follows:-

I researched the internet and called
half a dozen paint stores. I found several companies that used to handle it but
only one that has it now. 

Luckily I found out a pertinent
piece of information. 

There is more than one product with a
“Break-Through” name and the one you need for the floor application to
protect and not damage all the work you’ve done to paint your floor is Break-Through
“clear satin”.

A manager at a Sherman William’s
store in Tulsa, Oklahoma told me this; he was very familiar with the product but
did not sell it. He said the sealer dries really harder polyurethane so I’m sure
this is why it is recommended so highly. 

He also said that the sealer was
manufactured by Vanex. They don’t have a website. The are in Mount
Vernon, Illinois, U.S.A.. PH. 618-244-1414. I told the lady how hard I’d worked
to find the product and she informed me that they do not ever intend to have a
website. I guess they don’t care if they sell this product or not. She gave me a
distributor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are Environmental Paint & Supply; there
phone number is 918-437-3200. It’s approx. $43/gal.

Avenue Coatings
in Colonbrook, Slough.  Their phone number is 01753-686888 and


you will see I have now found some additional details regarding
“Breakthrough” products but as there are apparently several different
products with similar names I cannot guarantee that this is the same as that
being recommended.