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
- 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.
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.
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.