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How to Re-Cover My Cement Patio

By Paul Ramone ; Updated September 21, 2017

A handsome cement patio is a welcome addition to the outside of a home. Unfortunately a patio that has cracked and weathered poorly has the opposite effect. To remedy an ugly looking patio, you can apply a concrete resurfacer that will cover cracks and damage and revive the look of the patio and your home. Thankfully for those unfamiliar with resurfacing, the project is easy to learn.

Set up a tube of concrete repair caulk in a caulking gun and fill any cracks that are wider than 1/2 inch in the patio. Run a putty knife over the cracks to smooth and remove excess caulk. Give the caulk 24 hours to dry before continuing.

Fill a 5-gallon plastic bucket with 2.5 quarts of water. It is best if the water is room temperature.

Add the 2 lb. bag of powdered concrete resurfacer to the bucket and incorporate with an electric paddle drill for 2 to 3 minutes. This amount of resurfacer will cover 60 square feet of patio.

Pour the mixture immediately onto the patio surface and spread with a flat trowel. Press down hard onto the trowel to stick the resurfacer to the patio.

Allow the resurfacer to dry for 24 hours before using the patio. Once it is dry, you can protect it with a masonry sealant.


Things You Will Need

  • Concrete-repair caulk
  • Caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Polymer-based cement resurfacer
  • 1/2-inch power drill with mixing paddle
  • Flat steel trowel