Painting concrete in a high traffic area.

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Hi hometalkers... I want to paint a faux rug in a concrete area that is outside, covered but will have pieces of furniture on it and will be walked in. What type of paint should I use? I live in Australia and it gets quite hot/humid at times. It the area is undercover. Thank you!! ☮️

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  • Pat Russell Pat Russell on Mar 02, 2018
    There are specific paints to use to decorate concrete floors available at craft stores. They all require that the concrete be clean and dry before painting. It helps that there is a roof over the spot, but these projects don't last more than a few years. The concrete is porous and may take several coats of paint. Did our front porch some years ago when the paints were first available; followed all the directions, but still only lasted three years and the third year was very faded. This area, however, was not under roof. Have fun; it was a cool project.

    • Joanne Joanne on Mar 02, 2018
      I didn’t consider how long it would last! Lol thanks very much. 👍🏼

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Mar 02, 2018
    Hello. Here are several options for painted concrete rugs that are on the Hometalk website. Check them out. I am sure that by clicking on each one there are recommendations as to what type of paint to use. Click on the link below to view them. Good luck!

    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=Concrete%20rug

  • Janice Janice on Mar 02, 2018
    The mot important part is that the concrete be very clean. Maybe clean it with a pressure washer, let dry, then apply a stain-blocking paint which will make your finish paint stick to it. Do a couple of coats of the color you want and then cover with clear coat to seal. If you prefer not to do that, the paint will likely last quite a while without it. The main thing is to be careful when moving the furniture around. Try tol lift it a bit rather than dragging it on the painted floor as the paint may scrape off.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 02, 2018
    What a great idea. The most important is to prep and clean the cement. You can use a cement stain or paint made for cement after.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 02, 2018
    sorry but I answered painted a faux carpet ....is it carpet or cement

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 02, 2018
    Keep in mind, with furniture possibly being slid across it and people walking on it, it may not look so good after a little while. My dog's nails destroy every paint we put on our concrete, covered or not. And her nails are clipped at least once a month. Just wanted to give you my thoughts. Good luck.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 02, 2018
    Don't forget the clear CONCRETE SEALER. Will last a long time.

    • Joanne Joanne on Mar 03, 2018
      thanks I’ll be sure to get the correct sealer ✌🏼

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 02, 2018
    concrete paint, then a sealer on top.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Mar 03, 2018
    You are welcome! Hometalk is happy to help!

  • Joanne Joanne on Mar 04, 2018
    That’s ok. It’s cement.