Friday, June 1, 2012

How to paint a concrete patio

I have prepared the concrete floor of my screened in porch/patio.  Ready to begin painting tomorrow.
There was a lot of mildew and crud because it is enclosed space that water still gets in, so this is how I cleaned it:  First, sprayed some clorox down, then used a power spray nozzle to jet it right off--cleaned up nicely, but quite a bit of work. Also used a giant squeegee broom to whoosh the dirty water out.  Whew am I worn out!

I have painted concrete before.  See here outside the enclosed patio is a giant circular rug I painted a couple of years ago.  It is constantly exposed to all the elements and has not faded or peeled whatsoever.  The concrete is not smooth and I think that helped the adhesion.  Also, I used a variety of my acrylic latex cans of paints and even some paint pens for finishing touches.  This is a "signature" rug.  See one of my other blogs  FesmireArtStudio to see more about it.

I'm thinking about painting this floor with a sky---here is a sample of the colors

I will demonstrate this painting tomorrow.  The weather will be nice and pleasant so I will aim to get it done.  I started to go all expensive and buy concrete paint and the primer you put down, but after some research and the obvious evidence above that acrylic latex works, I will go with some paint I found in my stash---PREMIUM exterior latex enamel and another that is the same but has primer built in--this should work just fine.


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