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Moderncat
An UGLY tile patio, paint peeling, should I remove paint and just seal?
Moderncat

I have these tile with wide grout that was painted over outside, no shade, exposed to the enviroment. As you can see it's peeling and the tile is made out of some kind of material that would look okay exposed. I was thinking of water blasting the paint off even though it digs into this tile leaving it a little rough (like sand) and just sealing it? You know low maintenance. If you think that's a good idea, what would you seal it with? And would the water blasting be enough considering it's peeling on its own (after 2-3 years)

And, any opinion on the PSI I would need?

Thank you
(can't seem to upload photo)

http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5222225.jpg
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5222224.jpg
inside the tile
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223087.jpg
Back of the tile
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223088.jpg
top of tile, smooth
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223089.jpg

ed21
Re: An UGLY tile patio, paint peeling, should I remove paint and just seal?
ed21

I can't be sure, but it looks like you have concrete pavers, not tile. Where the paint has peeled up, it looks like the surface has started to deteriorate. Probably why someone tried to paint the pavers.
A pressure washer is not likely to take off all of the paint. You will be left with lots of splotches of paint on the pavers.
I don't have a solution other than replacing or covering the pavers with something else.

Moderncat
Re: An UGLY tile patio, paint peeling, should I remove paint and just seal?
Moderncat
ed21 wrote:

I can't be sure, but it looks like you have concrete pavers, not tile. Where the paint has peeled up, it looks like the surface has started to deteriorate. Probably why someone tried to paint the pavers.
A pressure washer is not likely to take off all of the paint. You will be left with lots of splotches of paint on the pavers.
I don't have a solution other than replacing or covering the pavers with something else.

Here is what the tile could be as it seems to be all around the house and same texture.
inside the tile
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223087.jpg
Back of the tile
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223088.jpg
top of tile, smooth
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/5223089.jpg

Mastercarpentry
Re: An UGLY tile patio, paint peeling, should I remove paint and just seal?
Mastercarpentry

Not tiles, those are concrete pavers. I never recommend painting concrete because once you go down that road there's no turning back. It's more work and time to remove the paint than it's worth, the nature of the concrete means paint will need frequent renewal, and any 'easy and fast' paint-removal method will damage the concrete (and still probably not get all the paint off). Water-blast them only enough to remove loosened paint, let them dry as thoroughly as possible, then repaint with an oil-based exterior porch paint made for direct application on concrete. And get used to doing the above every few years forever.

Alternately, water-blast the loose paint off every few months and in about 10-15 years almost every trace of it will be gone- if the ugliness doesn't drive you nuts in the meantime. Don't be aggressive with the water-blasting either way or you'll eat into the concrete making it look even worse than it does now.

Phil

Re: An UGLY tile patio, paint peeling, should I remove paint and just seal?

Yeah, those are pre-formed concrete pavers that have been laid down like tile and cemented in.

Honestly... if it were me, the only repair is to re-cover it as it had been recovered before (looks like some sort of epoxy seal.

I would pressure wash the entire patio, then get a STIFF bristled brush and go over the entire patio again by hand to sc**** up any loose epoxy / sealant. Then... I'd probably pressure wash it again to get everything out of there.

Allow the patio to completely dry... COMPLETELY... and then look for another epoxy seal similar to what you already have there (may have to take a sample of the flakes to the hardware store) and simply repaint / reseal what you've already got, and then just do it in whatever color you want.

Long term / more professional way would be to just tear it all up and make a whole new patio floor. But... if you do what I mentioned above, you can probably get it to look really nice and still get the look you're going for.

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