Last Updated on November 19, 2018 by Bryan Fiveash
Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Wagner. All opinions are my own.
Here’s a great way to transform the look of your porch or patio! Simply paint or stain the bare, paved porch and patio concrete for a fresh, decorative look that’ll enhance the entry points of your home.
I’ll also show you the new Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Sprayer; it’s an awesome sprayer that allowed me to paint my porch concrete in minutes.
o Rust-Oleum Clean & Etch
o BEHR PREMIUM Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer
o BEHR PREMIUM Solid Color Concrete Stain
o Painter’s plastic sheets
Note: I have not been compensated to mention any of the materials listed above.
o Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Sprayer
o Razor knife, blades
o Push broom
The Wagner FLEXiO 5000 is the sprayer that I used for this project. Because the motor is housed in a case that sits on the ground, the actual sprayer weighs less in your hand, which is a tremendous help for larger painting projects.
The FLEXiO 5000 has controls on the handle with variable speeds for cutting time and effort and can paint a wall 12 times faster than a brush. After prep, I was able to spray my concrete slab in just a few minutes! Here’s a list of features:
o X-Boost® Turbine
o iSpray® Nozzle – For walls and ceilings
o 11½ – Foot Air Hose
o 1½ quart cup covers up to a 10’ by 12’ wall in one fill
o Precise adjustments for various coatings and projects
o Lock-n-Go® split gun design for quick cleaning
o Integrated case for storage of nozzles/cups and air hose
o Detail Finish Nozzle – For small projects and a smooth finish
o Cleans up in 5 minutes – just five parts to rinse off
Step One: Prepare Your Porch And Patio Concrete
For new or bare concrete surfaces, you’ll want to use a concrete and masonry cleaner and etcher to clean and etch the surface. I used Rust-Oleum Clean & Etch for my porch concrete and it did an awesome job. It’s an etching solution used to clean and degrease bare concrete surfaces to improve penetration and adhesion of coatings, paints, stains and sealants. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product label.
If your concrete is already painted, sealed, or stained, you can either completely strip the entire surface by using a concrete paint stripper product, or simply re-coat the existing surface. Just be sure to clean the surface thoroughly and remove any peeling paint.
You’ll also want to protect other surfaces like walls from overspray with painter’s plastic and FrogTape. Doing this will leave a professional-looking sharp edge that separates the painted surface from the non-painted one.
Step Two: Time To Paint!
As always, here’s the fun part! If you have a Wagner FLEXiO 5000, painting concrete is both fast and fun. As usual, for the best results, be sure to follow all of the instructions in the manuals that’s included with the sprayer.
For my concrete slab, I used BEHR PREMIUM Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer and BEHR PREMIUM Solid Color Concrete Stain. We’ve used BEHR paint for all of our painting projects thus far, so using them for this project was a no-brainer. Spraying the concrete slab is just like spraying a wall when it comes to how far the sprayer should be from the surface, the spray pattern, and the pace in which you move the sprayer back and forth. Take your time so you can ensure a complete coverage.
As you can see from my photos, I chose a solid gray stain which makes the surface look like freshly poured concrete. Eventually we’re going to repaint the exterior of our house, so in the near future, the gray will better match the house colors. After the spraying is complete, all that should be left is cleanup. As I mentioned previously, since there’s only a few parts to rinse off, cleaning the sprayer is simple and should only take about 5 minutes.
If you used plastic and tape to protect the other surfaces, surface cleanup should be a breeze too! I would score the line between the tape and the freshly painted surface with a razor knife so you don’t peel up any paint.
Are you making plans to paint your porch and patio concrete? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see photos of your project!
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