Rescue Stained Concrete with Paint

Up your home's curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint to make concrete stairs and walkways look like new.

outdoor concrete staircase

Cracked and stained concrete is difficult to fix without the patched section standing out. Give concrete stairs and walkways new life with a coat of paint over repairs. The result is a clean and finished look that will give a home's entrance great curb appeal.

What You Need

  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Vinyl concrete patching compound
  • Putty knife
  • Cleaner, degreaser, etcher
  • Paintbrush
  • Concrete sealing primer
  • Non-skid exterior paint

Step 1: Clean Off Concrete

Use a stiff-bristle brush to remove lose concrete or debris from trouble spots. Need a deeper clean? Use a power washer to make sure everything is off the concrete. Let the concrete dry before moving on to next steps.

Power Wash Cleaning Dos and Don'ts

Step 2: Patch Holes and Cracks

Patch small holes or cracks using a putty knife and concrete compound. Follow application and drying instructions on the packaging. Try to get the surface as smooth as possible before painting.

Repairing Cracks in Concrete

Step 3: Prep Concrete For Paint

Prep steps with a concrete cleaner, degreaser, and etcher following manufacturer's instructions. Give the concrete another powerwashing before this step if needed.

Step 4: Prime and Paint

Cover any rust spots with concrete sealing primer and let dry. Paint steps and porch with non-skid exterior paint for a like-new, clean finish.

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