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How to paint concrete paths

Updated July 20, 2017

Painting a concrete path takes physical work but it is well worth it when the job is complete. You can make you dirty concrete path look shiny and new again. Once you have removed any old paint and scrubbed the concrete clean, all that's left is to prime, paint and seal your path.

Sand any paint off of the concrete with sandpaper and a hand sander. Clean the concrete path with trisodium phosphate (TSP) mixed into a bucket following package directions. Scrub the path with a scrubbing brush, removing any oil spots. Rinse the path several times with a hose. Use a power washer if the path still needs more scrubbing.

Repair cracks and holes in the concrete with a concrete patch, following package directions to mix it, then trowel it onto the concrete and let it dry before painting.

Prime the concrete using a concrete bonding primer and paint roller; follow the manufacturer's directions for drying time. Paint the concrete using an epoxy acrylic concrete paint and roller; follow the manufacturer's directions for drying time. Put on your respirator mask and apply two coats of concrete sealer using a roller, then let dry.

Tip

The paint will dry darker than it looks when wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Hand sander
  • Tri-sodium phosphate
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Power washer
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Concrete patch
  • Trowel
  • Concrete bonding primer
  • Rollers
  • Epoxy acrylic concrete
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Barbara Freeman is a teacher and has been writing since around 1995. She's written curriculum for Discovery NutshellMath software and her NutshellMath tutorials appear on the Discovery Cosmeo homework website. She's also written for Freshfilm.com. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts, a credential and a Master of Arts in educational technology.