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Decorate a porch with paint

You can use today's paints to transform any feature in a home and today we look at how to paint a porch, whether it's concrete or wood.

 

Look at this beautiful painted porch look. Using a Moroccan design, the plain concrete slab has been transformed into a wonderful feature that exudes warmth and welcomes you into the home.

These designs are perfect for an older home that needs a facelift - or added interest - and you can design your own pattern to blend in with the style of the home. The design you choose for your porch floor will obviously depend on the level of skill you can apply to the technique.

Someone who has never tackled a stencilling project before would be best to keep to a simple tile design. Although, having said that, there's no reason why you can at least attempt a more intricate design - it just takes more care and patience.

After a few practice attempts you should be ready to tackle the real thing. Browse decor magazines - or the Internet - for ideas on designs for your painted porch. I love how you can paint a concrete slab to resemble tiles or even natural stone - all using paint.

How to paint a concrete patio

Plascon RemovALL High Strength Degreaser
Plascon RemovALL Rust Remover and Concrete Etcher
Plascon Floor Paint
Optional: Polycell Masonry Patching Plaster or Polycell Rockset

The concrete finish must be in good condition for painting, and you will need to give it a good clean before painting. Scrub the floor with Plascon RemovALL High Strength Degreaser and then rinse with clean water and allow to dry.

It's also a good idea to apply Plascon RemovALL Rust Remover and Concrete Etcher to ensure a longer lasting finish. Follow the instructions and allow to dry.

Any cracks can be repaired with Polycell Masonry Patching Plaster or Polycell Rockset - both of which need time to dry before being painted over.

Now you are ready to apply your chosen colour of Plascon Floor Paint. Apply two coats, allowing at least 4 hours drying time between coats.

Painting Tips

◊ Ensure a non-slip surface by adding Plascon Grip Additive to the second coat of floor paint.

◊ Apply paint with a foam roller for a brush-stroke-free finish.

◊ Use masking tape to mask off any areas not being painted.

◊ Use Plascon Brush Cleaner to clean paintbrushes after using Floor Paint. Dip the brush and don't leave brushes to soak, as this will damage the brush.

More concrete slab painting projects.

How to paint a timber patio

Plascon Velvaglo
Plascon grip additive- this improves grip during wet conditions by adding a rough, non-slip texture to a painted finish

Note: You can also use Plascon Sure Coat matt acrylic tinted in your choice of colour and then apply a polyurethane clear coat over the top to offer protection.

Before painting a timber porch, take the to prepare the surface for a longer-lasting and better looking finish.

Painting Tips

◊ Apply paint with a foam roller for a brush-stroke-free finish.

◊ Use masking tape to mask off any areas not being painted.

◊ Use Plascon Brush Cleaner to clean paintbrushes after using Velvaglo. Dip the brush and don't leave brushes to soak, as this will damage the brush.