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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Do it Yourself Discussion! => Topic started by: gliderpilot567 on April 17, 2016, 08:51:50 PM

Title: Decorative paint for concrete paver
Post by: gliderpilot567 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?