How can I cover up or refinish the mismatched cement on front porch ?

by Wanda
Recently I had foundation work completed that required concrete to be jack hammered to install 2 piers under front entry porch and 1 in back under driveway near garage door. The patched concrete is a much lighter gray than the weathered original. I am planning to list the house soon so need an economical solution to cover or refinish the cement so it looks uniform again. My biggest concern is the small front porch (104"W x 57 1/2" H x 3" D) with 2 lighter spots showed in the photo that are 18" by 24". The spots are a bit above the original cement so a paint only solution I tested on the garage still showed the mismatch outline.

Thank you in advance for your ideas.
  12 answers
  • C.B. C.B. on Jan 08, 2018

    It really looks like it needs to have a whole new layer of concrete put over the whole area so that it is smooth & even. If you don't care if it stays concrete or not...I'd put down a layer of mortar & brick it in & give yourself a new 'floor' area. It could be sanded smooth & painted with a poly resin paint; but that would require a lot of work.

    • Wanda Wanda on Jan 09, 2018

      Thank you for your thoughts. I think something other than paint is probably what should be done too. However, with winter approaching quickly I am concerns with a new layer of concrete setting good. I saw pictures of people's tiled porches that would not be as high of an increase as a new brick floor.

    • Wanda Wanda on Jan 09, 2018

      Thank you for your thoughts. I test painted another post foundation concrete patch by my garage door with paint. You could still see the difference in texture and color so I don't think a paint only solution is the answer.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 08, 2018

    Pave over it or cover with a Planter or Statue or Ornament......

  • Diana Diana on Jan 08, 2018

    Use Dutch Boy concrete stain it is beautiful . Makes your concrete look like new.

  • Wanda Wanda on Jan 09, 2018

    Here is a picture of the entire porch area if anyone has non-paint only ideas.

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  • William William on Jan 09, 2018

    A latex modified concrete resurfacing product would work. Resurface the whole slab. More videos if you click on the link.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 10, 2018

    It's a pleasure, You may of course consider having the entire area re-surfaced.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 07, 2023

    Since you are planning to sell, I'd do whatever I could to get the surfaces leveled and resurfaced so it flows together. The way it is currently will raise many concerns of what the repairs were and why they had to be made. A good concrete finisher can likely make it look cohesive.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 07, 2023

    To begin with, use a quality concrete sealer to hold out moisture from under the new paint coating you’re putting down. Apply it as directed on the manufacturer’s label. Allow the sealer to dry fully and apply a second coat if necessary.

    Once the sealer is dry, add two coats of masonry primer. After the dry time, it’s time to paint. When purchasing your paints, be sure that the ones you choose are made for outdoor masonry floors. Add at least two coats of paint with full dry time between the coats. For best results, apply thin, even coats. This ensures even dry time and a finished hard, durable surface.

    Consider Additives

    When putting masonry paint down, the finish can be somewhat slick, especially when wet. Additives allow you to create a texture on top of your paint. This means a slip resistant surface on top of the paint.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 08, 2023

    Clean the area well with a pressure washer and then pave over it with a concrete sealer. If you want to stop there, that's ok, be sure to make it a bit rough so no one slips. Or you can really do more by painting it. To do that and prime with a masonry primer followed by masonry paint with texture-or add sand to the paint.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 10, 2023

    I had my foundation repaired and had the same thing on my front porch. I painted my proch with concete paint. It has lasted a long time because my front porch is covered.