Can you paint a cement patio?

Last spring I had my patio enlarged. I thought I could live with the difference in the color and the look of the new concrete next to the old, but it's makin me crazy. :)

I'd love to paint it. How and with what? What type of paint? brush or roller?

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
  10 answers
  • Charly Charly on Mar 12, 2017
    Do you want to paint it or stain it. I had a stamped concrete patio and walkway installed a few years ago and I had them stain it to look like reddish rocks. I have re-stained it and it came out just like new!
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    • Grace Grace on Mar 16, 2017
      I suggest you prime the whole area, this way you will get an even paint spread color. Home Depot has products and paints designed for concrete floors. Mind wise you should go for it instead of wasting energy looking at something you dislike. Usually the outcome is better.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 12, 2017
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 12, 2017
    Yes. Paint! Consider a pattern. I did a diamond block checkerboard pattern using multiple earthy pastel colors. It was easy using a chalk line to set down the pattern. A pattern, rather than one solid color slab, will help hide any wear and tear better than a solid color floor. I used more of a paint stain so the entire slab kept some underlying uniformity giving the entire slab a weathered look, thus hiding even more any wear you will get on a solid color. It was easy to touch up anytime I neeed to, much more so than if it were a hard one color painted surface that would show a 'patch paint' job.
  • Jill Katrina Snider Jill Katrina Snider on Mar 12, 2017
    Research "acid stained concrete". It's really beautiful and may work for you. :)
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 13, 2017
    If you paint it,you have to redo it ever couple of years do to weather and how much you use patio because of furniture scraping it so keep that in mind. If you give it a few years it will age. Maybe purchasing outdoors carpets would be better and cost less and require less work and money in years to come.
    • Jill Jill on Mar 13, 2017
      Yes, I am concerned about how often I would have to repaint, or at least touch-up. I did use a rug last summer and I liked the look, but I was just wanting to do somethin more permanent.

      Thank you.
  • Cherry Cherry on Mar 13, 2017
    I've done it before. I used an Alkaline base paint. I used a roller and put it on thick. It's very durable. Give it plenty of time to dry.

    • Jill Jill on Mar 13, 2017
      Well, that sounds simple enough. Is your patio exposed to the weather? How long ago did you do it? Mine has no protection, whatsoever.
  • Jane Briggs Jane Briggs on Mar 13, 2017
    I would tile over the entire concrete area with pavers or consider a pattern that would look like an area rug in tile.
    • Jill Jill on Mar 13, 2017
      If it were level, I certainly would tile over it, but it isn't. The old part was slanted in one direction for run off and the new part is slanted in another. It drains fine, but it isn't level enough for me to put anything over it. Thanks for the suggestion. :)
  • I have been planning on painting my cement patio. I have seen kits in Home Depot and Lowe's. I know you have to clean it first, then paint. I am planning on a little texture in the paint so that it is not slippery when it rains.
  • Sherry Sherry on Mar 15, 2017
    I have had a painted concrete patio for years. You just clean it really well before painting and it holds up well in Mississippi hot/cold weather. It's easier to keep clean once it is painted and you can change the color as desired. I have painted mine twice. There is a process between painting, but your local paint store will have what you need to do the prep. It's easy to do if you just want a solid color with a roller, but next time I do think I will try a pattern, just for fun!