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Important Factors to Consider While Painting Concrete Steps

July 10, 2013
painting concrete steps

Painting concrete steps will often times create a different feel in any given surface.  The beauty and the uniqueness that is created after a thorough painting work on the concrete should be your motivation in doing this job. Appropriate measures must be undertaken while painting concrete steps. This goes a long way in helping the paint to hold for a desirable period. The concrete may be subject to various weather conditions which mean that the paint may not hold if some of the steps are not carefully followed.

Test the concrete steps to ensure that the paint will hold for a long time. Freshly poured concrete does not hold paint due to the presence of a lot of moisture and vapour. In this case, you have to wait for the concrete to dry up before considering painting the steps. Remove old paint to ensure that the desirable outcome is achieved.

A strong stripper will help remove not only the old paint, but also grease or rust existing on the steps. Another important step is to ensure that you tape or mask parts adjacent to the steps considered for painting. This will ensure that painting is done only to the parts that were intended.  A concrete or masonry primer must be applied. An appropriate primer, for example the epoxy primer will dry quickly and hence easier completion of the painting.

The choice of paint you use is very important when painting concrete steps. Oil based paints for example may be appropriate due to their ability to withstand all weather conditions. However, they have a slippery feel which may not be desirable. You can still choose a slip proof paint for the steps. Use a masonry coat to ensure that the painting looks fine in the long run. If these steps are put into keen consideration, the painting work will be long lasting and will bring out the expected ambiance.

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