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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
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The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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Preparation of Coated Concrete for Paints & Stains

A great looking finish begins with the right start. Following the proper prep procedure will dramatically affect the look and longevity of your finished project.

For Best Results:

Before you start, remove any loose or peeling paint by sanding with medium-grit sandpaper or wire-brushing the surface. If necessary, de-gloss any glossy surfaces by scuff-sanding or using a chemical deglosser.

For your safety, wear protective clothing, eye goggles and acid-resistant rubber gloves and footwear.

How to Strip Paint from a Coated Surface

  1. Step 1

    Apply a thick layer of paint stripper to the surface using a paint brush or bristle broom. Distribute evenly. The paint stripper thickness should be such that the previously coated surface is completely covered.

  2. Step 2

    If hot or windy conditions cause the paint stripper layer to dry, reapply a light coat of the stripper.

  3. Step 3

    Check periodically during the waiting period of 1-6 hrs to ensure that the coating is completely covered with the paint stripper. If the coated surface becomes visible, re-apply a light coat of paint stripper. It should remain wet and active until the coating wrinkles.

  4. Step 4

    Use a scraper or pressure washer to remove all coating and residue. Rinse with water thoroughly to remove all chemical residues before re-coating.

How to Clean and Etch a Concrete Surface

  1. Step 1

    If your previously coated surface is in good condition, you may coat over it.  However, you are still required to clean the surface.

  2. Step 2

    Apply the product directly on stained areas for best results. Use the product at full strength for tough stains and diluted for general cleaning.

  3. Step 3

    Work the degreaser and cleaner into the surface with a stiff bristled, non-metal brush or broom.  Allow the product to stand for 10-20 minutes then scrub vigorously. DO NOT allow the surface to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Thoroughly rinse the concrete surface with fresh water while scrubbing at the same time to properly remove all remaining residue. Pressure wash for best results.

  5. Step 5

    Using a non-metal squeegee or mop, remove the excess water from the entire project area. Prevent all rinse solution from entering storm drains.

  6. Step 6

    The ideal surface profile for coating should be clean and feel like medium to light grit sandpaper. To achieve this, apply your cleaner and etcher product to the surface with a plastic watering can.

  7. Step 7

    Spread the cleaner and etcher using a stiff bristled, non-metal brush or broom. Allow the product to stand for at least 10-20 minutes on the surface then scrub vigorously using the broom.

  8. Step 8

    Thoroughly rinse the concrete surface with clean water using a hose with a high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer. The surface is ready for priming when it feels like medium to light grit sandpaper and no residue or loose concrete remains.

How to Prime a Concrete Surface

  1. Can of Behr Premium Interior/Exterior Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer

    Step 1

    Apply bonding primer to spot-prime any uncoated concrete surfaces to enhance the adhesion.

  2. Step 2

    Apply the bonding primer using a high-quality pump sprayer, 1/4" to 3/8" nap roller, a nylon-polyester brush or pad applicator.

  3. Step 3

    The bonding primer will dry to the touch in approximately 2 hours. Apply a topcoat after a minimum of 4 hours but before 30 days. 

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Hose

  • High Pressure Nozzle

  • Mop

  • Chemical Resistant Gloves

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)

  • Bucket

  • Brush (Nylon/Polyester)

  • Bucket Grid

  • Extension Pole

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Paint Tray

  • Protective Apparel

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover and Frame

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