Front stone steps fix guidance needed


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Old 03-20-22, 08:48 AM
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Question Front stone steps fix guidance needed

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I am trying to fix front door stone steps (not sure what kind of stone).
I painted the steps about 3 years ago as it seems that water and wind are negatively working on steps condition.
It did not really work, pained chipped now and now I see bigger damages on the steps.
I read somewhere that I can apply mortar and sealed the steps, however I am not sure if this is the best way to protect them.
Looking for a guidance on the best way to address this issue.
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Thanks,
Igor



This is a natural color and what I pained it.

This is the damages what I can see now and trying to fix.
 
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Old 03-20-22, 11:19 AM
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A little difficult to read the pics since their sideways. LOL
I would clean out that crevasse and use hydraulic cement to patch. There isn't really any permanent way to seal the steps. I would also not paint concrete for any reason. It never last. Unless the steps are moving due to foundation eroding away, I would patch as needed from year to year.
 
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Old 03-21-22, 03:04 PM
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Norm,

Thanks a lot for your suggestion.
The challenge is that those are not concrete steps, this is some kind of stone which was popular in 70th.
Steps are sturdy, no movement, just deteriorating with age.

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Igor
 
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Old 03-21-22, 04:34 PM
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First thing I would do is power wash them to remove the paint, then patch, I guess, not obvious from picture.

Clean cement can be painted pretty easily, go to a paint store, not paint department.

But when clean maybe they will look ok??
 
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Old 03-21-22, 04:55 PM
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No reason you can't use hydraulic cement to patch it.
 
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Old 03-22-22, 03:10 PM
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Marq,
Thank you for your reply and suggestions.
I will definitely need to power wash the steps to remove paint and small loose particles.
unfortunately, this will not be enough, need to path home the damage area also I want to seal somehow to prevent further damage to steps as wind and water “eats” the steps by removing sand from the stone.

Norm,
thank you.
I was told that what I have is a blue stone, not cement and cement will not be able to adhere to it.
will research your suggestion on hydraulic cement.

 
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Old 03-22-22, 03:18 PM
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Apparently bluestone needs an epoxy filler to be repaired. There are several You-Tube videos that show how to repair.
 
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Norm,

Thanks a lot! Will review the videos and update on the progress!
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Norm,

After further review I figured out that my steps are not from bluestone.
They could be from limestone or sandstone, not sure yet.
Here are a little better pictures which shows damage in different view.

Thanks,
Igor




 
 

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