May 31

9 Tips for Prepping and Painting a Concrete Porch

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Looking to boost your home’s curb appeal? The most obvious items on your to-do list probably involve siding, landscaping, and the drive/walkways. However, prepping and painting your concrete porch is an underrated, budget-friendly way to spruce up your house’s appearance and give it more personality. 

Not only does painting your concrete porch make it more visually appealing, but the paint also protects the porch from weather and the overall elements. But what’s the best way to paint your concrete porch? How do you prep the surface to get that perfect finish? 

The answers lie below as we run through nine essential tips for prepping and painting your concrete porch. Follow these for a smooth and durable finish. 

1. Choose the Right Paint

The first question you might have is: What kind of paint do you use on a concrete porch? There are several options, but remember that special paints are involved in this process. For example, Porch & Floor Enamel by Sherwin-Williams is popular for its durability and dirt-resistant properties. 

You can also apply an anti-slip coating to the floor to prevent a slippery finish, which is important because your porch is probably a high-traffic area – and steps are usually involved, too. 

2. Clean & Prep the Surface 

This is one of the most underrated steps in the concrete porch painting project. After all, if you don’t start with a clean and smooth process, your finish likely won’t be smooth and durable. 

  • Start by sweeping away all dirt, leaves, and debris. 
  • Get a pressure washer to remove all the accumulated grime, stains, and mildew. 
  • For any persistent stains, use a degreaser or concrete cleaner. 

Once the concrete porch is thoroughly cleaned, let it dry completely before moving on. 

3. Repair Damages

Now that the surface is clean, look around for cracks, holes, or uneven areas. Smaller surface cracks can be repaired by using concrete patching products. However, if you have large cracks or chunks of the concrete missing, that could be a sign that you need a replacement. That’s especially true if the cracks question the foundation. 

For those smaller, more manageable cracks, you can smooth out the patched areas and let them dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Getting the surface as smooth as possible will make life easier for you later in the painting process. 

4. Etch the Concrete

The next step involves etching. You might be tempted to skip past this step and get right to the primer and painting, but this is a crucial step that will extend the life of your finish. 

View etching as an extension of the cleaning process, where you prepare the area, treat the concrete, and ensure the paint sticks to it without flaking off. You can use “Etch and Clean” products according to their manufacturer’s instructions. 

If you want the best finish for your concrete porch, don’t overlook this step! 

5. Apply Primer

One of the most common questions about this project is, “Do you need to prime concrete before painting?”. While the answer depends on the concrete surface, choosing a quality primer is usually better for the best finish without peeling and cracking. 

Choose a primer that works specifically on concrete surfaces. Apply it thoroughly and let it dry before moving on to the actual painting. 

6. Use Proper Painting Techniques & Equipment 

Next comes the actual painting, and we have already covered what paint to choose as the first step in this process. But what about the other equipment? 

You’ll likely want to use a combination of brushes and rollers. Start by doing the edges with a brush and working your way in. Then, use the roller to cover the larger areas. Getting an extension for the roller is recommended so you can stand and reach while applying the paint. 

Start with an even, thin layer. Let it dry. Examine the finish and apply another layer if necessary. Repeat until you achieve your desired finish. 

7. Consider Non-Slip Additive 

This was mentioned in tip No. 1, but it’s worth repeating. Some paints have non-slip properties, but not all of them do. You can consider adding a non-slip additive, which will help, especially if the porch gets wet. This will be applied over the final coat of paint as an additive. 

8. Give it Enough Time to Dry 

Give the paint enough time to dry and cure between steps and before adding the non-slip agent. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for drying times, which can take up to 24+ hours for the paint to fully dry. It can take longer than that for it to cure fully. 

9. Maintain the Surface 

Now you have a sparkling (or non-sparkling, depending on what look you went for) new concrete porch. To help it last a long time and look its best, you’ll want to maintain the surface, keep it clean, and avoid any buildup or grime. 

Sweep regularly, treat stains as they appear, and consider thorough washing once or twice per year to remove grime and mildew. 

Too Much Work? Call the Concrete Porch Painting Specialists! 

If those steps sound overwhelming – or perhaps it’s not your cup of tea – leave your porch painting project to the experts. At Walla Painting, we offer professional painting services in Indianapolis, IN, and the surrounding area, including concrete porch painting. 

As an award-winning Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite, we have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to carry out your vision without the hassle. Give us a call at 317-656-7045 or request a quote online. Let us take the stress out of your concrete porch painting project!


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