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11-10-17, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)  
paint for concrete front steps

I want to retouch the exterior concrete front entrance steps, which are structurally sound but look a bit worn out (as in the image), by leveling the surface, priming and painting. What would be a good product for filling shallow (1/2" or so) deeps and worn out patches on horizontal concrete surfaces? Also any suggestions for the primer and the paint? Would appreciate any suggestion! Best wishes, h.

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11-10-17, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)  
IMO a concrete stain is better to use than paint. It doesn't require a primer and while it will wear away over time - it won't peel. I'd avoid patching the concrete, thin layers are prone to come loose.


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11-10-17, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)  
Concrete needs to breathe. I don't recommend any sealer, paint or stain.

 
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11-10-17, 06:33 PM   #4 (permalink)  
Appreciate the responses! I hope there is a way to make the old concrete steps look better. Would all those self-leveling concretes and concrete epoxy coatings not work for some reason on exterior steps? I have heard of concrete resurfacing and wanted to know if this is something I could use here.

 
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11-11-17, 05:38 AM   #5 (permalink)  
I would clean them with a gas powered pressure washer first. That may be all that's needed.

 
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11-11-17, 09:28 PM   #6 (permalink)  
That may be all that's needed.
Well, apparently not. The stupid owner (me) still wants to have it resurfaced.


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In the past, when a concrete patio or driveway started to show serious signs of aging, using a jackhammer or bringing in a bulldozer were the only repair options. Today there are more practical alternatives.
They say that some polymer fortified concrete mixes might be right for the job.

 
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11-11-17, 09:58 PM   #7 (permalink)  
Are you feeling ambitious? Do a web search for DuRock's Jewelstone product/process. I've really wanted to try it, but have been too busy with other projects.
BTW. That's a beautiful door.

 
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11-12-17, 04:59 AM   #8 (permalink)  
I compare the art of resurfacing the stoop to that of a drywall skim coat. If you want to take a shot at it, Ace has a topping mix. I would use a bonding agent. It's getting cold here. What's the temp there?

 
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11-12-17, 09:22 PM   #9 (permalink)  
Thanks for all the info! Donato_, It's 60-65F during the day and around 50F at nights for the next week or two. Yes, topping mix is something I was thinking about, should be a straightforward project. SturdyNail, DuRock's Jewelstone coat sounds tempting: resurfacing and custom colored texture at the same time. Can one see/buy DuRock's Jewelstone in the US?

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11-13-17, 06:04 AM   #10 (permalink)  
It's warm enough to do the job.

 
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