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How To Paint Concrete Steps

Concrete, Brick, & Masonry, Home Maintenance
By on Aug 24, 2020
How To Paint Concrete Steps

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Depending on where your concrete steps are located, they might be an eyesore. From front porch stairs to basements, concrete steps are made to last but might take more care than others. However, you’d be surprised what a few coats of paint can do to freshen up your stairwell.

Both indoors and outdoors, concrete paint can be used to make your stairs look great. If you don’t need any repairs, it’s a DIY project that you can complete in a few days. Here’s how to paint concrete steps.

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How To Paint Concrete Steps

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When choosing your paint, you’ll want to pick one specific paint for both indoors and outdoors. Epoxy paints are best. If you’re doing a pattern or design that involves multiple colors, be sure that both are concrete paints. As far as color, most concrete paint colors are neutral. For a natural look, stick to gray hues. For lower maintenance and high traffic areas, a darker shade works well.

Keep in mind, if you’re painting outdoors, you’ll need to be sure your concrete is completely dry. Since concrete can hold moisture, check the weather before and after you plan to paint to make sure there’s no rainy days in sight and conditions are right.

Concrete Step Repairs

Painting concrete steps can be a great way to refresh your curb appeal or the look of your space. However, it won’t fix a broken staircase. Smaller cracks might be easily repaired with filler. However, larger cracks might be a sign that a professional will need to come in and repair it, as it could be due to the foundation of the home. The average cost to repair a foundation is $3,667, with most homeowners spending between $2,271 and $4,207.

Materials Needed

Materials Needed

  • Broom
  • Concrete & Masonry Sealant or Filler
  • Scrub Brush
  • Concrete Cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint Roller
  • Cement Paint
  • Masonry Paint Primer

Step 1: Fill The Holes

Sweep the stairs to remove any debris. If you don’t need any major repairs on your concrete steps, it’s likely there are a few scratches and small cracks that need to be filled. This must be done prior to painting. Follow the concrete and masonry filler manufacturer’s instructions on how to use properly.

Step 2: Clean The Concrete

You may be surprised to learn that concrete must have a good scrub before getting painted. Especially outdoors, there’s plenty of grime that can have accumulated over time. Depending on what condition your steps are in, you can likely create a solution of warm soapy water and scrub your steps. However, many homeowners choose to use a TSP concrete cleaner for tougher stained steps. This can be a bit harsher though so be sure to wear gloves and follow the instructions carefully.

Let the stairs dry completely before moving on.

Step 3: Plan For A Design

Some homeowners like to get creative with their concrete step paint design. If you’re choosing this, now is the time to use painter’s tape to mark off the areas where you want to paint specifically. If you’re painting a popular faux runner, measure equally from the wall and place tape there so all sides are even. Use painter’s tape to also block the areas on walls or floors to avoid damaging them.

Paint Concrete Stairs

Step 4: Prime The Steps

Make sure the surface is clean and free of debris before you start painting. Priming is very important when it comes to concrete steps, as it helps to bind the paint and concrete together. Most concrete paints call for a primer before the color you’ve chosen, however, some may include it. If so, skip this step. Begin to prime each step, making sure all parts are covered thoroughly.

Step 5: Paint The Steps

Finally, it’s time to paint the steps in the color of your choice. Working in the same strokes, evenly paint each step. It’s best to do two coats, especially with lighter colors. Don’t forget to cover all areas of the steps evenly.

Step 6: Let Dry & Enjoy

After a few hours, remove the painter’s tape. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before walking on it. If your steps are outdoors, keep a careful eye on the weather and cover with a tarp if the forecast is calling for wet conditions.

You now have a fresh new look for your concrete steps!


Concrete steps don’t have to be an eyesore. With the right repairs and the perfect color, you can transform it from drab to fab. The process should take no longer than three days to complete. So, in a long weekend, you can have successfully completed a project that boosts your style!

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