I need to paint my previously painted cement block porch while putting in the least money, time, and effort. What can be painted over a chipped paint job without it chipping again?
I live in a house where the previous residents painted the front and back porch a terrible light green color. Not only did I want to paint it a neutral tan color just to look better, but I was hoping that it would seal up the chipping that was occurring. I even took some time to try to scrape up the chipped parts and I put down some heavy duty plaster to help seal some of the really bad sections. I did that during the summer of 2009 and, to my chagrin, I noticed that the painted started to chip and peel just that winter when there was a lot of boot and water traffic on the porch. Argh!
I rent my house, but I like to do home improvement projects (and, also, I have a fair amount of pride of place). I want to paint my porch again without having to sand blast all of the old paint off of it or get on my hands and knees and scrape it all off. I just don't have the time or energy.
What I want to know is this: what will stick to chipped paint and not chip itself in just a few months? I am absolutely not averse to mixing up some cement and "painting" it on the porch. If it won't crack or chip, then I'll do it. I just want to know if something like that would work. Do any of you know what I could use? Would anything seal in chipped paint?
I have some before and after photos of the porch that I took in 2009. I put them on a Flickr site made specifically for my home projects
so I could show my landlord what changes I made. (I hope it is okay for me to put the link in for the photo album.) You can see how the old green paint was chipping in the photos and how nice it looked after I painted it beige. Well, now the beige paint is chipping and it looks so bad because it's revealing the awful green paint underneath!
What would be the easiest solution? I honestly don't want to spend more than $40 on this (if I owned the home, it would be different story -- plus, I don't want to send my landlord a big bill for home improvements). I'm a grad student, I work, and I have about 83 other projects in the pipeline, so I am a little limited on time. Is there some quick and easy cosmetic solution for this?
Thanks so much!