How to Resurface a Concrete Porch

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If your porch is pitted and cracked, you probably need either a complete renovation or a simple resurfacing job. With the relatively inexpensive concrete resurfacers available, adding a new topcoat finish to your concrete surface is easy. Learn how to properly mix, apply and finish the concrete to rejuvenate your porch.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete-repair caulk
  • Utility knife
  • Caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Polymer-based cement resurfacer (20-lb. bag)
  • 650-rpm, 1/2-inch drill motor with mixing paddle
  • Flat steel trowel
  • Push broom
  • Cut the tip of the concrete-repair caulk tube at a 45-degree angle with a utility knife and insert the tube into the caulking gun.

  • Force the caulk into any cracks in the porch's surface that are larger than 1/2 inch wide.

  • Smooth the repair caulk with a putty knife.

  • Mix 2 1/2 qts. of water with the entire 20-lb. bag of concrete resurfacer in a 5-gallon bucket. Mix the materials with the drill motor for two minutes.

  • Pour the mix out of the bucket and onto the surface of the porch while quickly spreading with the steel trowel.

  • Run a moist broom across the surface of the concrete when it loses its wet shine, yet is still not fully cured. Allow the porch to air-dry for 24 hours.

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