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Old 08-03-2010, 05:42 AM   #1
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Finally got the old carpet off and power washed porch, but now has layers of old paint. Don't like the look of a painted porch, but any other suggestions about what to use instead? Have heard about etching the concrete with acid, but sounds too dangerous. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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Well what are you looking for in a finish: tile, stone etc…

There are a lot of things you can do to enhance the look of your porch but you have to decide on what your budget will be and then go from there…
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:12 AM   #3
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Have a very small budget and have to do it myself, so nothing too complicated. I can't tile but do paint pretty well. At this point, I guess I'm wondering what type of paint to use on the concrete. This porch is open to the elements.
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Well you can stain your concrete here’s a link: http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=concrete+stain&revid=1518501636&um= 1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=IF1ZTMHuNdX8ngfipejiCA&sa=X&oi=im age_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CEEQsAQwAw

Also here’s a how to on staining your concrete floor: http://www.google.ca/#q=concrete+stain&hl=en&sa=X&prmd=iv&source=univ&t bs=vid:1&tbo=u&ei=IF1ZTMHuNdX8ngfipejiCA&oi=video_ result_group&ct=title&resnum=9&ved=0CEkQqwQwCA&fp= cda8f90fc8d23ed3

This is only one of many things you can do yourself…

As for getting your floor ready for paint here’s a link on what you need to do: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/painting-concrete-floors-how-to-paint-a-concrete-floor.html

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I would use Sherwin Williams Shercrete on your masonry surfaces, it is a flexible waterproofer that comes in all of there colors and is ment for vertical and walking surfaces, you can get it textured for your walking surfaces, it is a lite ant-slip texture, we use it in both commercial and residential settings including patios, porches, basements, in the ground concrete pool decks, etc you get the benefit of adding color and also waterprofing.
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Thanks for the replies. I really appreciate the help and will go to the suggested sites for info. Didn't know about the Shercrete. So many products out there. Will let you know what works.
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If you want to remove all of the old paint without using chemicals, you can rent a sandblaster. It is not as scary as it sounds. It pretty much works the way a (water) power washer works but it uses sand instead. You should wear a face mask, gloves and eye/ear protection. The sandblaster will immediately remove the old paint; one, maybe two passes and the paint is gone. Keep the wand moving so you don't create grooves in the concrete. Caution: don't put your hand (or any other body part) in front of the nozzle to check on whether or not sand is coming out. While you cannot "see" the sand, it is probably present and it will rip skin in an instant. You can strip your entire porch in 45 minutes or less. If you are concerned about all the flying sand/paint chips, simply use some plastic sheeting as a collection medium.
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This is why people join chat rooms. I love all the information out there. I would never have thought of a sand blaster. A great idea for a large area and, I think, much better than chemicals or scraping. It's a 102 degrees here and wasn't in the mood to scrape.
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