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How to Paint Faux Finish Marble on Cement

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November 21, 2006

How to Paint Faux Finish Marble on Cement

Learning how to paint faux finish marble on cement is easy. All it takes is a bit of creativity along with some time and effort. It is a wonderful way to give a dreary cement floor a makeover and to transform the entire look of the area. The key, as with most other kinds of painting, is in the surface preparation. Without proper preparation the cement floor and the faux finish will not bond correctly and before long your hard work will start to crack, bubble, peel or otherwise start to disintegrate.

The first step in the process of how to paint faux finish marble on cement is to thoroughly clean the cement floor. You need to remove all traces of dirt, oils and grease. If there are any other old finishes, such as paint, on the floor you need to remove them as well. A cement floor with plain sealant on it does not need to have the sealant removed as long as the surface is free of dirt, grease and oils.

How to Paint Faux Finish Marble on Cement

The next step after cleaning is to apply a good quality sealant to the floor. If there is already a sealant on the floor, then go ahead and apply another thin layer just to make sure the floor is thoroughly sealed. After sealant comes primer, a critical step to ensure that you get the best color quality possible. Be sure to let the sealant dry completely before applying the primer. In most cases, you will need to apply two coats of primer to get the best results. Of course, you must let the primer dry thoroughly between coats as well.

Once the primer is dry, you are ready for the faux finish. If you know how to faux finish walls then you already know how to paint faux finish marble on cement. The steps are the same ? base coat then decorative coat applied with a sponge or other marbleizing tool. The only difference is that you will also apply a clear topcoat floor finish as the very last step.

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