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How to Paint Concrete Patio Tiles

Learn how to paint concrete patio tiles with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Painting your concrete patio tiles can add a fun pop of color to your outdoor space. If you’re painting your patio, it’s important to properly prep it so it not only looks good, but also stands up to the elements. Learn how to easily paint patio tiles with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Paint Your Concrete Patio
Transform a dull slab of concrete into a backyard oasis with paint! Learn how to paint your concrete patio tiles with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

What You’ll Need:

  • Concrete filler
  • Metal-bristled brush
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Putty knife
  • Pole sander
  • Power sander with fine-grit disks
  • Alkaline cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses

How to Paint Concrete Patio Tiles

1. Repair the Surface – Start with repairing any holes, gouges and scratches in the concrete with concrete filler. It acts as a primer for the paint. Let the concrete filler completely dry and sand any affected areas to make the surface smooth and even.

2. Clean the Surface – Use the TSP cleaner and warm water to clean the concrete. Always follow the directions on the cleaner’s package. The cleaning solution will remove any grease and oil that could ruin the paint job. Work the cleaner into the concrete with a metal-bristled brush. The TSP will cause a bubbling effect on the concrete – let this happen for about 20 minutes and hose it off to wash away the TSP. Let the concrete dry for at least two days before you start painting. Make sure you wear rubber gloves, safety glasses and a dusk mask during this step, as TSP can harm your eyes and skin if it comes into contact.

3. Apply the First Coat of Paint – Sweep the patio and make sure it’s clear of any debris before you start painting. Use a paintbrush to cover the perimeter of the area. The brush will help you get optimal coverage for edges and corners. A paint roller can be used to cover the areas you didn’t cover with a brush. Allow the first coat of paint at least 16 hours to dry before applying the second coat.

4. Apply the Second Coat of Paint – After the first coat dries, use a putty knife to scrap away any bumps or debris that appeared. Sand these areas down, and sweep after you finish sanding. Apply the second coat just like you applied the first one. Make sure to heavily apply the roller to fill in any spots missed by the first coat. Let the second coat dry for about a week before you move your patio furniture back or have a lot of foot traffic.

Adding a pop of color or creating a fun pattern can truly transform your outdoor space. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the paint and painting supplies you need for your outdoor painting projects. For more tips and project ideas, visit our Painting & Staining blog.

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