Concrete Floor Questions

I've ripped up all the carpet, padding and tack strips in a room that has a concrete floor. Now I want to paint the floor somehow.
Should I paint and then seal the concrete? Or should I seal the concrete before I paint?
Is there some sort of primer that will keep any stains from coming through? Or is that what the sealer's for?
Do I use floor paint, or should I use concrete paint?
Is there anything else I need to consider?
(Holes will be patched with an appropriate product before any painting is done.)
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Suzie-Q wrote:

Is this floor above or below grade? Is there any existing or past moisture problem?
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Depends on if you intend to recover with something again and just want to seal the concrete or want the painted floor to show. If the latter you could do a concrete stain a seal or use an epoxy paint. Either will give good wear. Another is to acid stain and seal, This can give a textured look like stone if done well.

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-> Depends on if you intend to recover with something again and just want to -> seal the concrete or want the painted floor to show. If the latter you could -> do a concrete stain a seal or use an epoxy paint. Either will give good -> wear. Another is to acid stain and seal, This can give a textured look like -> stone if done well.
I want the paint to show through. I'll put an area rug in the center of the room. The paint will show around the edges.
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Suzie-Q wrote:

I suggest a good real epoxy type garage floor paint. That stuff is really durable and will not need any kind of sealer or additional layer.
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-> Suzie-Q wrote: -> > I've ripped up all the carpet, padding and tack strips in a room -> > that has a concrete floor. Now I want to paint the floor somehow. -> Is this floor above or below grade?
How do I tell?
-> Is there any existing or past moisture problem?
No moisture problems.
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Read MC's answer.
Epoxy if you are going to paint. I would discourage any other type of floor paint.
Concrete acid based stain for stunning effect.
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