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Old 01-11-2015, 07:13 AM   #1
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Painting Concrete

I have an old concrete patio at my RV site in southern Florida which is pitted and full of small cracks. It does have character. I want to paint it with an inexpensive coating. I donít want to spend the money for the epoxy coverings. Paint dealers claim their concrete will not chip, although there are many in this park with painted patios which are very chipped. I will take the chance, even if I have to touch it up every couple of years. My problem is, over the summer when no one is here, the concrete gets very dirty. It gets mildew and mold. Will the paint seal the concrete? Or, should the concrete be sealed before painting? If so, with what? What paint would you suggest? Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 01-11-2015, 09:04 AM   #3
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Chill, this is what I would do:

1. get a 1-gallon sprayer and a gallon of concrete stain (your choice of color) from a big box store or similar.

2. Spray (saturate) the whole pad with a combination of Clorox and Jomex one afternoon and let it sit overnight.

3. Pressure wash the slab to remove residue, let sit until next sunny day

4. Either spray the stain on, or roll it on. Your choice. Do several light coats instead of piling it on.

Let sit for a day. Keep the old paint can for touch-up. Total cost, about $50
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:42 AM   #4
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first mix muratic acid and water ( 50/50 mix)
scrub with a stiff bristle brush
rinse with copious amount of water
let dry thoughly
coat with a good concrete stain or a good elastomeric coating
give a good drying time then sit back with a cool one and admire your work.

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Old 01-11-2015, 09:56 AM   #5
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Check out the new deck paints.
Restore 10X is one brand.
These heavy body paints will cover and seal many small imperfections and cracks. Did my 18 year old wood deck and it looks great.
The Muriatic acid was is a good idea for old concrete
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:01 AM   #6
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You really need to clean it very good before any coating or it will not stick for long. Follow advice for cleaning it. I actually had to clean first with chemicals then pressure wash mine. 1 coat of sealer brushed on. Then 2 sprayed on layers of good concrete paint. Looked really good for a while until furniture was drug around and gravel was tracked on it by shoes. Next year I had to sand down the spots, applied another coat of paint and this time I sprayed on another coat of sealer. This has held up a bit better but I am still going to have to fix it next summer. Once painted you are stuck with maintaining it. If I had a do-over I don't think I would have done anything other than clean it well.
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I think it's here because this is good information and since many of us have concrete pads for our RVs some probably have the same concerns about painting or staining them. I drove thru a nice RV park yesterday and admired their stained pads and starting to plan to do mine and was wondering what other fellow RVers are doing. I was glad to see this thread
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I would also use the Muratic acid mixture to etch the concrete. This will give a good base for the paint to stick to. Wash it good with a pressure washer, let dry, then use a good paint with sealer added. This should last several years before recoat is necessary.
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I used rustoleum garage paint on my garage floor and did more than they required and it is chipping in less than 1 year. (Rustoleum wouldn't do anything about it either) so if I was going to do anything I would use stain/
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The use of Muratic acid is good to etch newer concrete. For older concrete you don't need it. If you do use and acid be sure to neutralize it right after using with water and baking soda. If you don't, there is a greater chance that the covering will lift.
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If concrete is not sealed, moisture wicks up from the bottom/base, and will likely-over time- loosen any paint applied. Then the owner has a choice, touch-up when needed or let it look bad.

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