Garden Art forum: Help Painting Cement or Hypertufa Stepping Stones

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jun 21, 2016 7:07 PM CST
I have a plain cured concrete hosta leaf shaped stepping stone. I want to paint it before putting it out. When I've painted cement objects before, I've just used one color (like a green frog) and I've mixed acrylic paint with concrete sealer and it has worked great. I want to paint my leaf with two colors-how should I do it? I'm afraid if I paint my leaf with the paint/sealer mixture and then paint my second color over it, the second color might not bond to the cement because of the sealer in the first coat. Should I just paint my leaf with acrylic paint (both colors) and then brush the concrete sealer over the paint-will that be as tough as the paint mixed with the sealer? Also, my leaf is well aged, but I want to make a couple more-how long should the concrete cure before painting it and putting it out?
Thanks!
Deb
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jun 21, 2016 7:21 PM CST
My cement leaf and the design I would like to put on it :)
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jun 22, 2016 12:56 AM CST

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Welcome! Welcome! Deb!

I don't have your answer but there are several members here that are very knowledgeable with different kinds of paints that will be able to help you. Thumbs up
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grannysgarden
Jun 22, 2016 6:23 AM CST
I don't know either but I love doing my own art, or building it from found items, and I learn so much on this forum so I will be eager to learn 'how to' also. Smiling
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Boopaints
Jun 23, 2016 10:59 AM CST

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Hi Deb! Welcome!

I've been an artist all my life so I hope this will help you. It's what I would do, but others may have better ideas.

I've painted on concrete, stucco, and wood outdoors. I use acrylic patio paints or latex exterior paints. All of them fade eventually which adds to the charm.

In the case of your leaf, since it's small, I would do exactly what you said second. Paint with acrylics, then seal. In a few years if it fades more than you like, repaint it. Big Grin

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CrystalIvy
Aug 27, 2016 5:45 AM CST
Your hosta leaf is absolutely very well done. I hope you post your AFTER photo, too.

I'm late to this posting, but I can offer up an idea that you might not have thought of. Being an artist myself, I'd be concerned about paint peeling off in time. For that reason, I'm probably not a good one to make any suggestions. For my two cents, I'd suggest concrete stain. Permanent, fast, and easy. I found a website for a homemade concrete stain which I used to stain rocks in my yard to retain beds. In our droughts, this seemed to be the most color my developing yard has seen. Maybe in a couple more years, it will look better. However, point being is that it is the easiest thing I've ever done. It sure was nice to change the gray rocks.

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I have no doubt, Deb, that yours turned out better than mine. I do hope you keep this thread going by posting your 'after' photo. I'm eager to see it... and hear your thoughts on using stain vs paint.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Aug 28, 2016 5:01 AM CST

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Very NICE Thumbs up

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