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gliderpilot567

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Decorative paint for concrete paver
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:51:50 PM »
Hi all,

My kids have a 12"x12" concrete patio paver for their school, that they are to decorate with paint (or however they want) and place in their school (it will go near a tree they will plant/adopt this weekend). I'm looking for advice for what kind of paint to use. It's a regular old concrete paver, somewhat rough and porous (not smooth like a garage floor). I know that a) concrete doesn't like to take paint well; b) it transmits up moisture from the ground; c) there are some environmental considerations that will affect the life of the paint. They want to paint a simple design, probably some handprints and write their names.

My searches for "concrete paint" mostly turn up instructions that I'd use for a large scale job like epoxying my garage - you know, muriatic acid etch, all that kind of stuff. I'm just looking for some paint that can be used to make a small arts/crafts type project on concrete, that will hold up to the elements.

Considerations: We live in southern AZ, so it will be beaten on by hard sun 340 days of the year, then for 3 months of the year it will be drenched in monsoon downpours. I'm willing to bet some kind of concrete sealer topcoat is also appropriate.

What advice from the esteemed assembly?

Thanks!