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Complete Step By Step Painting Of A Concrete Bench

Jun 24, 2019

Painting concrete surfaces like walls, benches, or floors requires more skills than simply applying a coat on drywall. It is complex. It breathes, transports moisture, and sucks up paint. But no worries, we The Barnstable Painters will make it a quick snap.There is no rocket science in it but yes the skills and professional knowledge that we are going to share with you.

We are in this industry from last two decades. Our skills and professional crew knowledge is remarkable. We being interior and exterior painters Cape Cod provide the painting services ( commercial, residential, awning cleaning, deck restoration etc) to our valued clients. So be with us, to learn something really meaningful;  the painting techniques for concrete bench.

Concrete benches can make a welcome addition to essentially backyards, lawns etc. To truly highlight the ethnicity of the bench, you may want to paint it. You are thinking right, a bright coat of paint can do lots of wonders to transform any concrete item. An elegant and beautifully painted concrete bench maintain a sleek design when placed indoors or outdoors.

Things Required To Paint The Concrete Bench  

Let’s start with the tools and materials you’ll need for painting the bench.

  • Oil-based Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Rollers
  • Scrub Brush
  • Primer
  • Liquid Soap
  • Warm Water
  • Feather Duster
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Polyurethane Topcoat

Concrete Standard/ Premium Stain Color And Finish Options

You can choose from smooth stained acid wash finish, weatherstone concrete, or customize with available concrete paint colors. Simply, choose your desired best concrete paint  matrix color, finish type that best suits your needs.

  • White
  • Buff
  • Sand
  • Grey
  • Light Blue
  • Plum
  • Cream
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Dark Blue
  • Dark Green
  • Purple
  • Brick Red
  • Brown
  • Charcoal
  • Acid Wash
  • Weatherstone
  • Weatherstone stain
  • Weatherstone

Steps To Paint A Concrete Bench

1- Clean The Concrete Bench

2- Patch Cracks in the Concrete (if any)

3- Strip Off The Old Paint

4- Create a Rough Texture on bench

5- Seal The Interior Coat

6- Apply Epoxy Primer on Bench

7- Paint The Concrete With Your Favorite Color

8- Apply A Polyurethane Topcoat

1- Clean The Concrete Bench

Porous surfaces are disposed of grease, oil, dirt etc. Therefore, cleanliness of concrete is a very first vital step. Remove dust,dirt or cobwebs from the bench with the help of feather duster. After that wash the concrete bench with the degreasing cleaner, warm water + mild liquid soap or trisodium phosphate. Also scrap off the creepers and moss growing on the bench. You also may use a pressure washer to remove the remaining roots, film and dirt. Do check if there is efflorescence in the moist concrete to remove it clearly. Any residue left on the bench may interfere with the primer you apply before painting. Therefore, run the vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment over it. Next, use the scrub brush to scrub the bench. And your bench is clean now.

2- Patch Cracks in the Concrete (if any)

If long time ago, there might be a possibility of cracks on the bench. If it happens, then patch the cracks using a solution of cement and water. Mix both the ingredients to form a thick consistency paint. Afterwards, apply the mixture to crack. Let it dry for at least 5 days after application.

3- Strip Off The Old Paint

If your paint concrete bench is placed inside the house, with blisters on it, then strip the peeling/blistering paint indoors with a wire brush, paint scraper and elbow grease. For outdoor concrete bench, use the power wash to get rid of old paint.

4- Create a Rough Texture On The Bench

After cleaning and striping paint, create a rough texture on the bench that matches 180-grit sandpaper to adhere the primer. If the concrete bench surface is smooth after cleaning, it must be textured. You can do it by simply rubbing the bench surface with wire brush to create minor grooves.

5-  Seal The Interior Coat

If you are painting concrete bench walls, then do seal the interior walls with masonry sealer, if necessary. Thus preventing it from the moisture seeping in that caused mold growth. In some  type of sealers, there is need of two coatings and the second coat may be applied after 5-7 days.

6- Apply Epoxy Primer on Bench

Take the paint roller or brush in your hand to apply primer on the concrete bench surface. Make sure to use smooth, even and thin brush/roller strokes. Use the concrete primer called block primer to fill the pores and uneven surface. In case, if you see the original color of your bench through primer, apply an additional coat. Primer usually dries in two hours. But you should wait at least for 10 hours.

7- Paint The Concrete With Your Favorite Color

Now question comes “What Kind of Paint to Use on Concrete Walls ?” Best paint for concrete bench is the oil-based paint. Also, the masonry paint (also known as elastomeric paint ) is an excellent choice for concrete painting due to its binding property that expands and contracts with concrete. Brush the oil-based paint into the crevices and difficult-to-reach places on the concrete bench. And then prefer roller to apply the paint on the rest of the bench area. It is advised to apply two thin paint coatings on the concrete surfaces to give a perfect color to your bench. Irrespective of how you apply paint completely, always let it dry for a day between coats.

Pro tip: Check the long-range weather forecast before you begin the paint job.

8- Apply A Polyurethane Topcoat With Brush

After painting the concrete bench, apply a polyurethane topcoat using a roller or brush. Topcoat comes in matte or glossy finish.

Your Super Beautiful Bench is READY !!!

Hope you learned a lot from these simple steps. You can hire The Barnstable Painters for this job too for a better concrete bench, concrete walls, concrete floors painting experience. Hire and leave rest on us. Contact at (508) 775-6106.

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