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Old 01-11-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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Painting Concrete

I have old concrete in southern Florida which is pitted and full of small cracks. It does have character. I want to paint it with an inexpensive coating. I donít want to spend the money for the epoxy coverings. Paint dealers claim their concrete will not chip, although there are many in this park with painted patios which are very chipped. I will take the chance, even if I have to touch it up every couple of years. My problem is, over the summer when no one is here, the concrete gets very dirty. It gets mildew and mold. Will the paint seal the concrete? Or, should the concrete be sealed before painting? If so, with what? What paint would you suggest? Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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You will need to clean it first, how will depend on what kind of stains it has on it.

After a good cleaning and allowing it to dry apply a primer/binder to the concrete before painting other wise the paint may not stick well.

Personally I would stain before painting because the end results are better looking IMO.
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I have used a soil remover that you scrub and flush with clean water. Now that I'm more seasoned I use the power washer. You can rent them or borrow from a friend!
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I would spend the extra and go epoxy on an old surface. Not only will it last longer, it will help slow the decay of the concrete. Paint just isn't going to do that, unless you're just wanting to make it look good for a very short period (selling).
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I stained my shop floor with an opaque pigmented stain. 17 years of power tools and machines rolling around and it still looks good.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:13 PM   #6
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Stain is the way to go. There is no cheap paint product that last on concrete. Even the expensive stuff will either chip or wear off eventually.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:21 PM   #7
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Once you paint concrete, you will be forever painting concrete. Don't do it.
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I agree with all the above.
My shop floor at work that's painted chips like crazy, i wish they hadn't done anything. Now its even harder to sweep and keep clean and looks like crap too.
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If dead set on painting at least least real epoxy not the latex kind. Everything else well only last a short time. At the very least use a oil based enamel and prep the surface with an acid wash. If you stain it it will last a long time.
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Its easier to repaint than any of the above!!
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