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DIY Spotlight: Painting Concrete Foundation

Covington Homes paints all foundation and area wells for stucco elevations. We believe this is a better solution for long term maintenance rather than applying stucco which is Cementitious (concrete) directly onto the concrete. Paint touch ups are cosmetic in nature and a usual homeowner maintenance item. Generally, the paint applied will last a good amount of time. However, if touch-up is needed please follow the steps below!

NOTE: Horizontal surfaces are subject to snow, weather, and traffic therefore potentially requiring maintenance. For long term maintenance painting foundations and area wells rather than applying stucco allows for easier maintenance that you can do yourself rather than hiring!

Step 1: Clean the concrete

  • Over time dirt and grime can build up on the concrete even when already painted. Cleaning the surface will allow for the paint to properly adhere to the concrete.

Step 2: Fill in cracks or holes

  • Make sure to fill in any crack or holes that the concrete can have. This is a natural thing that could potentially happen over time with any concrete. To learn how to fill concrete crack and holes CLICK HERE. Please note that for very large cracks we recommend using a professional to make sure it is filled properly.

Step 3: Priming

  • Since concrete can absorb liquid it is important to prime the concrete before painting. This makes it so the paint can attach properly to last for a longer period of time. As well as allowing for an even surface coat where it is not absorbing more in some spots. Let the primer cure and dry for at least 24 hours or more depending on the specifications of the primer you chose. You can go to your local paint or hardware store to find the ideal primer that fits your specific needs.

Step 4: Painting the Concrete

  • When visiting your local hardware or paint store there will be different options of masonry or latex paint that you can use for your concrete. A store associate can help you decide on which one will be best for your home and what you are wanting. Once you have decided on the paint and have colored it to your specific taste (if wanting it a specific color) you can now apply the first coat of paint. You should apply at least 2-3 coats waiting until each coat is completely dry before applying the next. The best time to do a project like this is on a warm day where the paint can dry properly.