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Best Color Selection: The Spruce Best Home by KILZ Interior Eggshell Paint & Primer in One
Reinvigorate your concrete surfaces with The Spruce Best Home Interior Paint & Primer in One, a brand new 100 percent acrylic paint that’s produced by KILZ. With the right coat of paint, you can take a plain concrete wall or other fixture and give it a new life. After taking consumer feedback into consideration, we formulated the perfect paint for the job—and we couldn't be more excited about it!
Similar to other paints on this list, The Spruce Best Home Interior Paint is perfect for surfaces that need to withstand a lot of abuse. The durable formula will glide onto concrete and provide thick coverage for uneven surfaces. However, before you start painting, you might want to strip old paint and fill in any large holes or indentations. You can do this with either a paint scraper or nylon-bristled brush.
Because it’s a paint and primer in one, you can start painting right away—no need to prime your surface with a separate formula. Choose from 32 beautiful shades that range from gray to rich blues and greens. No matter your design preference, there’s a shade to match!
Best Overall: DryLok Bamboo Beige Latex Concrete Floor Paint
DryLok’s concrete floor paint is an excellent choice for covering up imperfections. The durable paint is resistant to fading, cracking, peeling, and scuffing. A gallon of DryLok has efficient coverage, with one gallon covering up to 400 square feet of concrete expanse. The self-priming formula ensures it will adhere well to a clean surface and saves time on putting down layers of paint to achieve the glossy, pristine cover on your concrete. Reviewers found it to be the easiest product to use when painting tough areas such as garages and driveways. It went down quickly and evenly and stood up for a lengthy period of time in these high-traffic areas. The low-luster acrylic latex formula blocks most of the damage caused by UV rays. The coverage is complete, the price is right, and reviewers found it to be reliable, durable, and consistent.
Best Value: INSL-X Sure Step Acrylic Anti-Slip Coating Paint
At half the price, Sure Step’s brand of satin concrete paint provides full coverage on a wide variety of concrete surfaces. Its durable and skid-resistant finish can take a beating on the green expanse of a tennis court or from the pitter patter of little feet along the front walkway. Sure Step’s fine aggregate finish has a slight satin sheen for an attractive slick of paint on worn out concrete pathways, pool decks, steps, ramps and other areas that get a beat down in and out of the house. It can also work well on other building materials such as wood, masonry, and asphalt, making it less expensive than its counterparts and slightly more versatile in its uses. A light sand texture included in the formula makes the painted surface slip resistant. The 100 percent acrylic latex keeps its color in areas that can’t escape the damaging UV rays of bright sunlight.
Best for Outdoors: Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD Concrete Floor Paint
The self-priming, one-part acrylic coating for floors will seal cracks and weatherproof areas that are exposed to the elements year round. Rust-Oleum’s concrete floor paint can be applied to porches, patios, fixtures, garages, and walls. It is UV and weather resistant and holds up against tire tracks and typical outdoor spills such as those that come with changing the oil on cars and chemical concoctions for the pool, home or garden. Users found its formula worked well on basic flooring that had been generally cleaned with soap and water. It consistently went on smooth without the need for sanding or other heavy prep work. The Rust-Oleum concrete floor paint gave a solid finish that worked well and didn’t flake or chip under difficult conditions.
Best for Garage: KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/ Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
The garage floor gets the brunt of high foot traffic, dropped tools, and pressure from shelving stuffed with storage and resting vehicles. If you're looking to apply a new coat of floor paint, using KILZ Concrete & Garage Floor Paint not only raises the aesthetic value but can also level out a sloping concrete slab, fill deep divots and snaking cracks, and protect the garage from chemical spills and oil stains. The satin finish goes on smooth and one gallon can easily cover up to 400 square feet of rough surfaces. This paint requires two hours of drying time between coats but the durable KILZ concrete and garage paint can withstand years of abuse from tires, treads, and dropped tools according to multiple reviewers. It has a thicker formula than other paints, so it's not recommended for walls.
Best for Porch: Kilz Interior/Exterior Slip-Resistant Decorative Concrete Paint
A porch is a place that people should want to gravitate to and find a comfortable place to relax. If the flooring is cracked or faded from the elements, a coat of Kilz Decorative Concrete Coating can quickly breathe new life into older concrete floors. Reviewers raved about the ease with which the textured and colorful concrete paint slid over the surface in an even coat. Although the end result can be better than expected for users, it does require two coats for the best finish. The one gallon can cover just 50 square feet, which can be ideal for small porches but a pain for larger areas. The durable, protective finish lasted longer than other brands around water-prone areas such as porches, pool decks, and patios. It filled in troublesome hairline cracks to create a smooth surface and stop the cracks from spreading and creating serious structural issues.
Best for Driveway: DAICH RollerRock 5 Gal. Self-Priming Pebblestone Exterior Concrete Coating
With all its bumps, cracks, and crevices, a concrete driveway can be a pain to paint. For uneven surfaces like a driveway use Daich’s RollerRock Paint, which is is a pre-mixed self-priming formula that adds color and texture in one coat. It rolls on easily and performs well under heavy use and harsh weather conditions. After all, a shiny new driveway with texture can add significant curb appeal and traction on rainy days.
The attractive textured finish is impact resistant and can stand up to kickstands, ball games, and oil stains among the other issues that come with high traffic outdoor areas. While this paint does need a top coat, it is relatively easy to maintain and doesn’t chip or fade quickly after proper application. Reviewers found it ideal for patchy or cracked concrete driveways as well as surrounding outdoor walls. They noted that the texture and thick formula covered up a wide variety of flaws with a professional-looking finish.
Best for Basement: Kilz Basement & Masonry Waterproofer
If you're looking to paint your basement, the paint you choose should definitely be waterproof. KILZ Basement & Masonry Waterproofer forms a barrier to keep water out and dampness down in basements and other areas that are susceptible to wet conditions. An alkali-resistant coating gives it a durable finish. A tinted base allows for a decorative finish of your choice. One gallon can cover up to 125 feet. Two coats are recommended by reviewers for a smooth, glossy surface. The double coat isn’t difficult for users because the paint isn’t as thick and difficult to work with as other mildew-resistant brands. It dries completely within 1 hour of the first coat being rolled onto the wall or floor.
Best for Walls: Seal-Krete Damplock Masonry Waterproofing Paint
A plain, gray cinder block wall can be a wide expanse of bland. Adding a smooth coat of Seal-Krete Damplock Masonry and Waterproofing paint can raise the visual appeal of the uninspired space. It can take your concrete walls from gray to grand with a quick-drying coat. The alkali-resistant formula can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed onto concrete walls without worry. It dries to a matte finish and covers up to 400 square feet per gallon. Reviewers liked it for its ease of use and ability to keep out moisture. It soaks easily into concrete and needs one coat to sanitize, blur flaws and shore up sad concrete walls. It also kills odors that may have crept into the crevices of the concrete wall, a much-needed value among those who regularly use this product in older homes.