Tips for Cement Paint


Cement paint is an economical exterior wall finish and enhances the dcor of buildings. It is resistant to fungus and algae and protects buildings from varying weather conditions.  

It is water based paint and easy to apply. Lets know mixing process, application method and benefits of cement paint. 

Where to apply cement paint

Apply cement paint on concrete surface, plaster surface and bricks. It gives best result on porous surface. 


Cement paint on wall

(This Picture is contributed by "Monu")

Prepare the surface

  • Clean the surface

The surface must be cleaned of mortar droppings, dirt, dust, grease and other foreign matters such as growth of molds, algae, moss by brushing and washing. Efflorescence deposits must be cleaned also.

  • Repair the patches

Patches on painting area must be repaired by plastering followed by application of a coat of waterproofing cement paint on patches after wetting the surface completely.

  • Clean existing paint/whitewash

Clean old/existing surface, previously treated with whitewash and color wash thoroughly by scrapping all whitewash, color wash when water proofing cements paint is required to apply on existing surfaces.  

Do mixing thoroughly

Step1: Mix cement paint and water in proper ratio

Take 2 parts of cement paint and one part of water and stir thoroughly. Take care to add cement paint gradually to the water and not vice versa.

Step 2: Add remaining water

Add remaining one part of water to the mixture 

Step 3: Shake the solution

Stir the solution thoroughly to obtain uniform finish. 


Apply first coat of cement paint

  • Apply the solution

Apply prepared solution with brushes or spray machine after cleaning and wetting cement or concrete surface. hake the solution during application and use it within one hour after mixing otherwise it would be thicken and affect the finish. 

  • Getting good finish

Take care that the thickness of paint is uniform. Brush out the laps well and dampen the surface after days work.  

Apply second coat of cement paint

  • After the first coat is set at least for 24 hours, apply second coat by repeating application process of the first coat. 

Do proper curing

Since hardening of paint film depends on the availability of moisture for chemical reaction with cement, the water should be sprinkled on painted surface at least for two days.

Precaution for cement paint

Do not apply cement paint on surfaces which are already treated with whitewash, color wash and dry distemper unless the surface is thoroughly scraped and cleaned properly. 

Benefits of cement paint

  • Economical
  • Better performance for outdoor protection and decoration. 
  • Available in various colors and can match up with any shade. 
  • Has matt finish, an inexpensive way to cover large areas such as cellars and garages. 
  • Maintains good look for many years despite exposure to worse environments. 
  • No chance of drying it up since its available in powder form which is mixed into water before application.   

30  Comment(s)
By Anonymous - On 3/15/2015 10:18:28 AM
Fantastic, very usefull.
By Anonymous - On 3/15/2015 10:14:23 AM
Very usefull article. Thanks a lot Gharexpert.
By banupriya -  On  2/20/2015 4:11:46 PM
i know about cement paint, it is very useful to me
By Anonymous - On 6/13/2014 6:41:51 PM
We have already quoted the exterior stone wall of the house with while cement. We like to requote it. What is the procedure? Whether cenent paint is ok. please tell.
By Anonymous - On 6/5/2014 8:47:25 PM
useful information for engineers and painting contractors.
By Anonymous - On 5/30/2014 1:09:20 PM
can you let me join in forum to ask a simople question
Ashim Chatterjee
By Ashim Chatterjee -  On  7/23/2013 7:40:56 PM
Cement paint suits me but in my place scaffolding is not possible. What to do?
By Anonymous - On 4/23/2013 7:12:19 AM
How make water proof cement paint
By Anonymous - On 9/27/2012 7:10:37 PM
regarding cement paint composition is vital.for giving ideas on problems like failure of cement paint over Birla white, raised earlier, it can be said that to know the intermediate time of applying Birla white and cement paint is necessary.Both cement paint and Birla white wash fill the porosity of plasters. So a longer time gap between these two coats leads a chance of failure of the cement paint. Otherwise come the question of
quality of the then applied cement paint or curing conditions etc.
By Anonymous - On 3/22/2012 11:10:40 AM
By Anonymous - On 9/15/2011 11:36:13 AM
By Anonymous - On 6/12/2011 1:07:31 PM
cement paint:water ratio is by volume or by weight
By Anonymous - On 10/9/2010 5:37:56 AM
I applied cement paint over Birla white to exeterior surface of my building,after two months cement paint completely peeled off so please suggest me
umasanker dwivedi
By umasanker dwivedi -  On  9/26/2010 5:37:54 PM
shiela marie
By shiela marie -  On  5/6/2010 10:53:34 AM
i am interested in making cement paint. Ithad been discussed here that its composition are portland cement and other additives. what kind of pigment do i have to used.
By ishita -  On  2/22/2010 10:25:21 AM
what are the components used in cement and their defects n remedies...also the rates of material and labour...
actually our topic is paints for exterior so can u plz help me.
By Anonymous - On 12/29/2009 4:01:44 PM
Kindly advice me is it possible to use Asian paints like apex ultima on the cement paint?
By Anonymous - On 10/18/2009 8:04:25 AM
how to check the cement based paint mixed with polymer is applied on the wall as per specifications (kg/sqmtr area coverage) given by contractor.
checks after painting completed.
By Anonymous - On 7/26/2009 10:08:54 PM
if i have regular paint and i want to mix it with cement to paint a brick wall inside the house, how much cement sould i add to each liter of paint?
By S.Krishnan -  On  6/6/2009 5:01:01 PM
I think cement balusters can be painted with exterior cement paint.
By eduard -  On  6/5/2009 4:47:33 PM
Is it possible to paint cement ballusters,and what kind of paint can I use
By PritiArora -  On  5/12/2009 1:47:01 PM
Cement paint is water based paint which is often used on exterior surfaces. It contains white or colored Portland cement with water proofing agent, accelerator, and extender.
By Anonymous - On 5/12/2009 12:05:51 PM
What is the composition of cement paint? Is it white cement + Acrylic or some other materials.
By Anonymous - On 5/12/2009 11:53:10 AM
What is the composition of cement paint? Is it white cement + Acrylic or some other materials.
By PritiArora -  On  5/11/2009 4:34:44 PM
50 kg cement based paint may cover 100-120 sqm area of plaster-finished surface for new construction. The rate of the cement based external paint differs from brand to brand also vary from area to area. Therefore, it is advisable to confirm rate from your local market from the reputed paint dealer.
By Anonymous - On 5/9/2009 2:35:59 PM
Cement based external paint on Plaster finished surfaces.
To know 50 Kgs Rate and covers howmuch area with two coat application
By Anonymous - On 3/16/2009 9:03:27 AM
it's really useful. i's asking 4 it n i got it.
By tushar -  On  3/15/2009 11:22:29 PM
good notes tnx
arrup sarkar
By arrup sarkar -  On  6/13/2008 12:45:11 PM
very useful
By stockdigger -  On  6/11/2008 12:00:26 PM
Excellent article. Eye opener for cement paints
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