Refinishing concrete steps.

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Old 04-10-11, 08:49 AM
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Refinishing concrete steps.

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Last year I ripped down a horrid front porch that the previous owner had built. Under neath the porch were these set of concrete steps. What I was thinking of doing was refinishing them. Would I use just regular quickcrete for this? It has a few small pot holes and the edges could use a bit of work.

Also, the cinder blocks are pretty unsightly. What could I cover those up with, some sort of stone? After I fill in the pot holes I plan on painting these steps as well. Do I find some concrete primer and paint for this? I appreciate any help, as you can see I have 0 experience with concrete work. Thanks!



 
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Old 04-11-11, 05:37 AM
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This stoop needs hand railing to pass code.
Paint will never stay stuck for long on concrete.
New concrete will not stick to old and will crack if to thin.
I'd trash it and build a new set out of pressure treated wood.
 
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There are products to do what you want, but it takes a bit of skill to apply them correctly. For instance, you could use quikrete concrete resurfacer for both the steps/stoop, and the blocks. However, if you don't know what you're doing, you could make it look far worse than it does now.
 
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Old 04-11-11, 12:50 PM
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Could I just fill in any cracks and small holes with the quickrete and paint the steps with concrete paint, also what could I cover the cinder blocks with?
 
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Paint is never a good idea on concrete. It is slippery when wet and a maintenance nightmare. You will be repainting often.
 
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Old 04-14-11, 12:55 PM
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I guess I won't paint it then, thanks for the info. Do any stores sell railing systems made of iron or wood for these kinds of steps or do I need to come up with something myself?
 
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I have had little success with concrete resurfacer. A couple of years ago I tried to resurface a concrete landing and the resurfacer scaled off over the winter. Last fall I used it to repair the concrete entrance to my garage door. It too is scaling and it looks like crap.

I have had better luck with Quikrete concrete patch. It has good adhesive qualities. It will fill the joints between the blocks and any divots in the surface of the steps. I also had success using it as a surface refinisher. I mixed it a little thin and applied it to the sides of my steps as a parge coat. That was a couple of years ago and it's held up.

You can paint your steps although you may have to repaint wear areas frequently. Much will depend on if you have a moisture problem under the steps. I would probably use an epoxy paint.
 
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