Epoxy paint for a patio?

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Old 04-08-13, 12:31 PM
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Epoxy paint for a patio?

I've got a patio slab that has some cracks in them from the house settling after we built it 6 years ago. Nothing to major and all under 1/8th of an inch or so. I was toying with the idea of filling the cracks and then using one of those garage floor epoxy kits to make it look pretty. I like the ones with really heavy flake, almost to where it's all flake covered in clear coat.

Anyone have an opinion? Concern? Advise on a good product?
 
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Old 04-08-13, 01:53 PM
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I'm leery of apply paint to any concrete that doesn't have a plastic vapor barrier under it. I've never seen plastic used under a patio. What happens is any moisture that can come up thru the concrete from underneath will make the coating peel.
 
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They don't put plastic under the garage slabs here either, so is it a bad idea to paint your garage floor as well?
 
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Sometimes, because the garage slab has a roof and often a gravel bed under the slab it isn't as prone to have moisture issues - but it does happen.
 
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Well is there a similar coating I can use? My patio is under the roof line if that helps.
 
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I've never been fond of applying and coatings to concrete slabs that are exposed to the elements but when I do, I prefer to use a concrete stain.
 
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I was afraid you were gonna say that. I'm looking for something a little more exciting, but without having to lay tile or split pavers.
 
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I've never done it but I've heard of folks taping off grout lines [straight or wobbly] and then staining the concrete. Assuming no stain gets under the tape - the unstained part will look like grout between tile or rock.
 
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I tried to go that route, my wife thinks it looks cheesy. I had her sold on the heavy flake epoxy, but I think I'll end up laying tile or pavers instead.
 
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