Painting a porch can bring new life to your home. If you've recently repainted the house, this can help the porch match the rest of the home. If it's been a while since you touched it up, you might appreciate the look of a fresh new coat.
Luckily, concrete porches are one of the easier types of porches to paint. If you've never done so before, here are some tips to get you started.
1. Choose Compatible Colors
One of the most important things to do before starting to paint is picking a color. If your porch is simply looking a little dull, you may want to use the same color you did before. If you changed other aspects of your home or want something different looking, a new color may be in order.
Take pictures of the front of your house including your porch. You can show these to someone at a store that sells paint. The people who work there should be able to make some suggestions on what color would work best for your porch.
2. Pick a Dry Day
Before you start to paint, make sure you check the weather. You should paint on a day that is not raining and make sure rain is not in the forecast for the day or two after you paint either as this can hurt the way the paint dries.
3. Clean the Porch
Before you begin painting, you will need to clean the porch. Start by sweeping and moving any furniture you have on the porch to another area, like your garage.
Once it is cleared of all the big items, use a pressure washer to really give the porch a deep clean. Once you have finished washing it, give the porch time to fully dry before you paint. In the meantime, consider using a side, back, or garage door to enter and leave your home so you don't get the porch dirty again.
4. Use Primer
Like any painting job, you need to use a primer for this one. You can buy the primer at the same time you buy your paint. Once you apply the primer, it will need a few hours to dry before you are able to paint over it.
Since you need to paint the same day you apply the primer, we recommend priming first thing in the morning so you have time to allow it to dry and are still able to paint while it's light out.
Read the instructions on the can. Many recommend applying paint within a certain time of applying the primer.
A note of caution, some primers go on with a white hue but clear up as they dry. Don't worry if yours has a slight white tint to it.
5. Apply Paint
After applying primer, it is time to paint the porch. For a truly rich color, you will likely need to apply two coats. Let the first coat dry before you apply the second. Generally speaking, you'll want to use acrylic latex paint.
6. Wait and Decorate
Wait until the paint is fully dry before using the porch. This means using other doors to enter and exit the home. If you have furniture, wait at least three days before moving it back onto the porch. This will prevent it from sticking or smudging the paint job you just worked so hard on.
7. Make it Last
If you want the paint you just worked so hard on to last, there are a few things you can do. You can clean it by mixing vinegar and water and mopping the porch with your concoction. Try one part vinegar to two parts water to start.
In areas with mold or more dirt, you may need to scrub harder or add some baking soda or extra vinegar to get off all the grime.
Take a hose to the porch and wash off all the vinegar-water solution once you're satisfied with the cleaning job.
Once the porch is completely dry, you can apply a sealant. Make sure to get a water-based sealer made for painted concrete. Using a sealant will make sure your porch stands the test of time and you don't have to paint again for a very long time.