Why You Should Avoid Painting Concrete (Use a Proper Professional-Grade Coating)

Painting concrete failure

Painting concrete failure

When visiting hardware and home improvement stores, you will notice several shelves of concrete paint. Anyone without a basic understanding of concrete surfaces might think that painting concrete is an excellent way to improve the appearance of a driveway, walkway, patio, floor, pool deck, and so on. The fact is that you want to avoid painting. Instead, you need a professional-grade coating, something like SunStain or SunColor.

The problem with painting concrete is that the color often fades quickly. That means if you have a unique design added to the surface, it will not last long. Also, there are specific steps to follow that many do-it-yourselfers overlook. When that happens, they end up with uneven color, areas where the paint did not adhere, and premature failure overall.

Proper Sundek coating vs a painted concrete surface

Proper Sundek coating vs a painted concrete surface

In comparison, you could choose a professional-grade acrylic water-based coat, which would last a long time. With the right product, you can transform any concrete surface. If you have a backyard play area for your kids, you know you need something that can withstand daily use and abuse. SunColor is a perfect choice. Not only will it hold up, but because it comes in a variety bright colors, you can create the coolest play area in the neighborhood. Whether choosing one color, like bright red, blue, yellow, or orange, or having a unique design created, your kids will beg to go outside to play.

Under the SunStain category are three fantastic options. While an acid-based stain, like SunAcid, produces a marbled effect, a water-based stain, such as SunH2O, gives you an almost endless list of color options. For a formal dining room, living room, or foyer, an acid stain offers sophistication, whereas, a water-based stain is ideal for a basement family room or children’s bedroom.

The bottom line is that you will get better results with a professional-grade coating than you would by painting concrete.