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The previous owners of my home decided to paint the sidewalk and porch surfaces. Not only are they painted but they are this horrible color. Do you have any suggestions on what to repaint them with or any other cost efficient coating options for them?

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Not sure if 'gray' is all that horrible, but that's a matter of opinion. If the paint is adhered well, you can simply clean, prime, and apply a new coat. You'll want to use paint specially made for foot traffic and outdoor use. – DA01 Apr 8 '13 at 1:46

On the plus side, its a (seemingly) well adhered horrible color. That means recoating it another color, will be a fruitful effort.

Buy the best coating you can afford. Horizontal, exterior surfaces receive the harshest conditions. An anti-slip additive will be money well spent.

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+1 Regarding adding the non-slip additive. – Michael Karas Apr 8 '13 at 5:42

Paint on horizontal surfaces is not a good idea.

My professional viewpoint is grind it off and get a professional to apply covercrete/spray pave (cementitious material) that will not peel & will seal concrete properly and won't be slippery underfoot.

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