I have an entrance porch of approx 150 sq ft of mature
(17 years) concrete. It's in generally sound condition
with a few small cracks and chips but it's been stained
by some planters that were placed there at one time.
Initially, I considered tiling the thing. However, that
now looks less than practical due to a combination of
drainage issues and expansion joints running at 45 degrees.
So then I started looking at various coatings. Google
turned up a bunch of products some of which look a lot
like overpriced snake oil. Sherwin Williams have the H&C
Silicone Acrylic Concrete Sealer which looks like it would
work but apparently it's not available in the People's
Republic of Kalifornia. I feel it will probably take
something of better quality than that sold in the big
I'd like to create something like a natural stone effect
with a little texture/pattern (versus solid color) to
hide the imperfections. The porch is sheltered from the
wind and rain but exposed to direct sunlight and UV.
Traffic is very light but I want something durable and
don't need a maintenance liability.
I think it wants a relatively thick (high solids) coating
to fill/hide the cracks and imperfections and maybe a
clearcoat on top for additional protection -- I don't
want the "wet look". I considered acid staining but at
17 years I fear the surface is too shabby for that to
work out well. Ditto for semi-transparent stains.
I don't own any spray gear and prefer something that can
be rolled on. I might even use a ragging roller and add
a thin coat of a different color to create something of
a granite-like texture.
Anyone have any experience of *exterior*
Many of the garage floor paints are not UV resistent!
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