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Primer: The Go-Between for Paint and Concrete

There is a good chance you have a concrete surface around your home that will require some routine maintenance. It is quite common a practice to paint concrete surfaces, and part of this process should include applying a good quality primer.

Whether you are painting interior or exterior concrete surface, the paint job will hold up better with a primer underneath. Primer can also work as a bonding agent between the concrete and the paint. Even though concrete is a porous material, some paints still have difficulty adhering to the concrete and will bubble and chip away over time. The primer soaks into the cement and works as the go-between for the paint and the concrete.

  • Acrylic Primer. Many concrete primers are acrylic and water-based. Concrete is porous, and a water-based primer is more likely to be absorbed into the concrete than an oil-based liquid. An acrylic primer will bond to the substrate and grip onto the paint applied to the top.
  • Polyurethane Primer. Before applying a polyurea coating, it is recommended to first apply a polyurethane primer for optimum success.
  • Epoxy Primer. Epoxy primers are strong and heavy-duty, and are often used in commercial and industrial applications. They are chemical resistant, and help to protect the concrete from absorbing or becoming damaged by chemicals that it comes in contact with.
  • Silane Penetrating Sealer. This water-based siloxan treatment works to protect concrete from harsh use such as freeze-thaw cycles, chemical degradation, and biological growth.

Concrete surfaces are very durable, but if not protected with the right substances, they can break down over time. The addition of a primer will prolong the lifespan of your paint or stain, as well as the concrete. Request free estimates from skilled concrete specialists in your area today to prepare your concrete surface for a new finish.

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