Sandstone is one of the popular materials for flooring, walkways, patios, and even for roofing. Sandstone is everlasting which is why their maintenance is really low. The good news is that you can paint sandstone if you want to add colours but you cannot paint it in different colours like you can paint the walls of your home. However, applying a sealant can help the paint last long.
1. Clean the Tile
You first have to make sure that the sandstone is clean whether you want to paint indoors or out. Start by sweeping the tiles with a broomstick or use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust. Wash the tiles next. The easiest way to really clean sandstone that is outside is by using a pressure washer. No dust or dirt should remain on the stone or it will show through the paint after it is dried.
2. Seal the Stone
You do have to apply a sealant before you start painting the natural stone. The sealant is easily available at home improvement or flooring stores. Always remember to shake the can vigorously before you open it. Open the can to pour out a little quantity of it into the paint tray. Using a long-handled paint roller, roll the sealant onto the floor in the same way as you would paint a wall. Let the sealant dry thoroughly for a few hours.
3. Inspect the Look of the Natural Stone
Inspect the application very carefully as the sealant is drying on the floor to make sure that you have covered all areas. No space should look duller than the others. Let the sealant dry completely for at least 24 hours before you walk on the stone or move any furniture back into the room. You may have to repeat the process if you do notice any imperfections.
4. Apply Primer
Primer always comes before paint. Pick out both paint and primer intended for use on stone from a home improvement store. Pour the primer into a clean paint tray and spread it on in the same manner as the sealant. Before proceeding, give this coat plenty of time to dry as well.
5. Paint the Topcoat
Proceed with the topcoat once your sealant and primer have passed inspection and are completely dried. Make sure the paint is made for the stone to get the result you want.
6. Use a Second Coat of Sealer
You may wish to use a second coat of sealer to maintain the finish of the paint at this time. This is useful in areas where you anticipate a lot of traffic or abuse.
Call Brisbane Rock Sales for the best quality Sandstones at 07 3339 1546 and learn more about how to take care or give your sandstone a different look.