Doug Carleton
Doug Carleton
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  • Chagrin Falls, OH
Asked on Mar 9, 2018

What kind of paint and how do I paint a cement porch floor?

TaeShore grandmomLaura Jo Lubeck


8 feet wide and 23 feet long. previously painted brownish. It is fading and peeling. the walls are red brick, and the front rails are white. Some one told me to paint it gray. but how???

7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 9, 2018

    you have to strip off the existing paint first.use Citristrip a safe non toxic remover, clean off all residue ,allow to dry and use exterior concrete paint or stain
  • Daniel D Brewer
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Prep work is the key to paint that lasts. I would pressure wash first them scrub with tsp. Them use an abrasive pad on a 4 1/2 in grinder. Talk to the paint counter folks at Lowe's and home Depot for suggestions on the type of paint.
  • Linda Sikut
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Hi Doug,
    First you have to scrape, sand and clean off all of the peeling paint. You don't want that under your paint job because it can still come loose and ruin your new paint job. Click below to read more about the method of repainting a concrete floor. You can paint it any color that you like, but gray is close to the natural color and goes with many other colors. Wishing you the best.
  • Cynthia H
    on Mar 9, 2018

    I agree that you need to remove the peeling paint. If it's prepped properly as explained in the other answers, it won't peel the next time. Here is an article about paint issues on concrete:
  • Laura Jo Lubeck
    on Mar 9, 2018

    You definitely need to properly prep the surface or you will have 2 layers of paint coming up. I would also use a sealant that works over painted cement.
  • Shore grandmom
    on Mar 10, 2018

    We preped our back porch, bought good paint and have had nothing but trouble with the it. It scratches all of the time. It looked good for the first couple of months then you could start to see scuff marks that kept getting bigger. It is used quite a bit. Furniture also scratches if it's accidentally slid on the painted part. And if you have a dog, don't waste your time. I just wanted to let you know what happened to me. Good luck.
  • Tae
    on Mar 10, 2018

    i would use cement stain instead
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