Painting your walls is the easiest and cheapest way to instantly change the look and feel of a room. A fresh coat of paint can brighten up everything and provide a new, clean, fresh palette for additional decorating. Painting a certain section of your home can make it look complete different, especially if the wall surfaces are concrete.
If you have concrete rendered walls, follow these steps for properly painting them:
- Determine the material used in the concrete wall. You need to know if your wall is made of acrylic or cement render. Acrylic render looks like a cement counterpart of paint. On the other hand, cement render looks grainier and is more likely to be used in textured finishing styles.
- If your wall is made with acrylic, apply a coat of sealant to the wall and let it dry for a couple of hours. Once it is dry, run your hand over the wall to check if the finish is abrasive or smooth. If the wall feels fairly smooth, a second coat is unnecessary. However, if it still feels rough and uneven, apply another coat and let it dry for an entire day.
- Use a power circular sander with gauge paper. It helps to remove any grooves that may have dried up in the rendering. Use a clean paintbrush to get rid of the dirt on the walls and use a wax coat to top it off. Apply the coat three times and let each layer dry before applying a new one.
- Use a roller or brush to apply your chosen concrete paint. Allow it to dry for two hours before you apply the next coat. Examine the surface from various angles to determine if you need to add any final touches. Seal off every single groove to create a smooth, bright wall coating.
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