How to Paint Concrete Steps

What You'll Need
Paint roller
Epoxy sealer
Oil-based paint
Polyurethane topcoat
Scrub brush

If you're looking for a great way to brighten up your home, you may want to paint your concrete stairs. Painting concrete stairs can be a relatively stress-free job.

Step 1 - Clean Your Stairs

Before you paint your concrete stairs, you'll need to clean them. Use a mini vac and/or a feather duster to remove any dust or cobwebs from the stairs. Then, use a scrub brush and a mixture of warm water and mild liquid soap to scrub any caked-on dirt deposits off your stairs.

Step 2 - Apply Your Epoxy Sealer

Once your stairs have dried, you'll be ready to apply your epoxy sealer with a paintbrush. Make sure to start from the top stair and work your way down. You'll need to avoid walking on the stairs until the sealer has dried.

When working with epoxy sealer and paint, take care to wear a paper breathing to protect yourself from fumes. Additionally, make sure to take a break, preferably one that involves fresh air, if you find yourself becoming lightheaded.

Step 3 - Paint Your Concrete Stairs

Once the epoxy sealer has dried it's safe to begin painting your stairs. Use oil-based paint for this procedure as this type of paint adheres well to concrete. Once again, begin at the top of the stairs and work your way down, using a paintbrush or a paint roller to apply your paint. Lastly, apply a coat of polyurethane topcoat after your final coat of paint has dried.