Strip concrete porch floor, then what?

We have a concrete porch floor, and we just can't seem to get paint to stick to it for more than about a year. I'm sure we probably don't sand it well enough or something, but I am just over it. If we fully removed all the paint, would we need to do anything to treat the concrete? I don't want it to stain or look bad. Any other suggestions?
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 01, 2013
    The thing about porches is the traction. We too have a concrete porch and same problem. I intend to not worry myself to death about it. The porch sweats in damp weather so there! Sweat peels paint. We will just put down a pretty, inexpensive rug and enjoy our porch. Then we will scrape it a bit and repaint. That is about all we can come up with. We paint a light brick color. Were I young and able to crawl around on my knees on concrete (ha) I might get several shades of porch paint and paint on simulated brick like I have seen done on TV. Then when it needed touching up, it could be done in spots instead of the entire porch. That's a thought. Me, I'm gonna stick with the rug and save the old knees! Good luck.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 01, 2013
    Are you using a good "concrete" binding primer first? with most project solid prep pays off i the end.
  • Shari Shari on Apr 01, 2013
    I have a large covered porch area on the front of my house that I want to decorate and the bare concrete floor is ugly so I was just online last night researching the steps involved in painting it. Turns out it appears to be a bigger job than I thought--lots of steps involved to do it properly so the paint will stick. Apparently, concrete should be tested for moisture and "porosity," as too much moisture and too little porosity will affect paint adhesion. Cleaning with TSP is recommended to get the concrete as clean as possible. Bare or previously uncoated concrete should be etched with muriatic acid solution. Prime. Paint. And then some websites recommended sealing after the final coat of paint. Ugh. In my research, I also saw colored concrete sealer mentioned (not sure if that's the same thing as concrete stain, or something different) so you might want to investigate that for an alternative to your paint. I'm going to look into it further too but I'm beginning to think maybe my bare concrete porch floor is not so bad after all. It might be cheaper and a whole lot easier for me to use @Jeanette S's method and invest in a couple pretty indoor/outdoor rugs to cover up the ugly! :)
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 01, 2013
    Keep in mind that the man made materials fade less than natural fibers...and if you buy inexpensive ones (cheap) you don't have to worry about mud, dirt, spills, dogs, etc.
  • Stefan Stefan on Feb 28, 2015
    This one is ez! Did a job 14 yrs ago and still looks great! In the yellow pages,you call a person who sand blasts and what he does he makes the surface super clean and porous and then you can put on the proper paints, usually takes a person from 20 min to half hour to sandblast. Not that expensive.
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