Can you paint concrete and will it come off due to walking on it

I have a 20 x 20 patio that is carpeted with o/s carpet. However it is now looking bad and I'm going to take it up. I'm undecided to have o/s carpet put on or leave it concrete for a while. But I'm wondering if I can paint concrete rather than leaving it just plain concrete. Have any of you ever painted o/s concrete? Did it last and stay nice? Thank you
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 28, 2016
    Concrete is very paintable but it will be a long process due to the existing carpet. All residue must be removed , followed by a good cleaner for cement. Once dry you can paint the concrete with outdoor paint. You must seal it so it does not crack. Temperature plays an important role as well. I recommend reading the instructions prior to starting. Sealers can make your patio slippery so I advise you to speak to a reputable dealer for further advice on that.
  • Dani Dani on Jul 28, 2016
    Yes! You can paint concrete Make sure you put a sealer on it once the paint has dried...
    • Linda Linda on Jul 28, 2016
      Thank you. This is very helpful to me and I think this is what I'm going to do for a while instead of carpet again..
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Jul 28, 2016
    WThere are special paint for concrete
  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Jul 30, 2016
    The carpet is showing wear, and the paint will too sooner or later. Even an interior CC slab will have moisture rising out of it, which will begin the paint peeling and blistering process. Test the moisture by taping some clear plastic over a 12" x 12" area of the exposed concrete slab. Tape all the way around all 4 edges of the plastic and see how much moisture will develop under the plastic in 24 hr time frame. There Will be a lot of prep work removing the carpet & the glue resins left behind----Have you considered going over the top of the slab with Pavers?, there are lots of color and design options that could make an ugly CC slab into a really nice looking Paver Patio-Wouldn't have to prep-paint, and repaint every other year, Just sayin!
    • Linda Linda on Jul 30, 2016
      Good idea. will look at some pavers and see if that would work. Thanks.
  • The Piddler The Piddler on Jul 30, 2016
    You can simply stain the concrete with cement stain. Clean it first. If you want, you could use 2 different colors for a muddled look.
    • Linda Linda on Jul 30, 2016
      What is a muddled look. Would it be smooth or rough finish. Linda
  • The Piddler The Piddler on Jul 30, 2016
    If the concrete is smooth, It would be a smooth finish. Muddled would look something like a sponged paint job. I did the a patio for a friend and simply used a mop to apply the stain. Use a light color first and then just lightly go over it lightlywith a little darker shade. Or....just stain it one color.
  • The Piddler The Piddler on Jul 30, 2016
    Forgot to mention to add water or a medium to the second coat. That is what allows the first color to show through. 🙀
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