Would anyone have a suggestion on how I could remove the paint from the
cement steps in front of my house? They were painted with what I assume is
some kind if paint made for cement before I bought the house. Now they have
started to peel and flake in a few places. I tried a power washer,but it
just removes a small amount and takes forever. I would rather not repaint
the cement as I'm sure it will just peel again in a year or two,but the way
they look now is not good either. I also tried a wire brush to remove the
paint with less success than the power washer.
Whatever you use to remove the paint will probably damage the surface
of the concrete and/or leave paint residue behind. Something like
Peel-Away which uses the cover fabric would probably be a good choice.
You'll probably find that the stripped steps would probably look better
painted. Epoxy paint meant for garage floors would be a good choice
and will last more than a couple of years.
Ouch, that's a tough problem. Sand blasting was already mentioned and
a very good idea. another idea is to cover the steps with a deck. it
could be the same size as the steps or larger if you like. You could
attach sleepers directly to the steps and build up from there or you
could build a larger deck with its own foundation that would just hide
the steps. good luck with whatever you try.
I had to do that job on my old cement stoop and it wasn't fun. I
started with a 3200psi pressure washer to loosen what paint I could.
I followed that with a long-dwell stripper: Peel Away for masonry.
Removed that, pressure washed again. Then two or three (can't
remember) applications of Rock Miracle stripper for the paint that
Peel Away wouldn't touch. Then more pressure washing.
I eventually got it all off but if I'd had a sand blaster I would have
used it. I tried getting it sandblasted commercially but was told it
wasn't legal here because of the potential for lead contamination.
The story ends with me replacing that stoop last year. Sigh.
Steve Manes, Brooklyn, NY
Home renovation site: http://cms.magpie.com/house
I tried that and it worked. used the resurfacer on the parts where the
power washer blew away the concrete surface, then repainted. Looks
excellent. This was on a verticla surface too. Had to palm on the
resurfacing material, wait fir it to dry, then sand it with a cement
brick to smooth it out. Using the resurfacing material as if it were
spackining and brick as if it were sandpaper worked just fine.
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