We've removed the tiles on the back step and the plan is to smooth the concrete underneath and then paint it.
Our plan is to do this with an angle grinder.
Grateful for any thoughts on the following:
- Is the angle grinder is a good idea / what other approach could we take?
- What's a good angle grinder for this job? We also have the front steps to do, so ideally it wouldn't be to expensive but still quality.
- What additions would we need for the angle grinder (assuming something to get rid of the bigger leftover bits of concrete and to smooth it)?
- What other tools would we need? PPE of course, but also some sort of vacuum for the dust?
- Anything else we should know?
Dusty work! Make sure you get good face mask/respirator because this gets very dusty! A dust extraction system is obviously ideal but they're not cheap and certainly wouldn't be worth the investment for such a small job.
Grinder is perfect for the job so you're off to a good start there. Do you already have one? If not, you don't need a specialised model, just go with one you'll be able to use for other jobs in future, ie. cordless and one that matches your existing battery system (if you have one). It's definitely worth going for a 125mm capacity.
The diamond grinding cups that you can get and some people may jump to are overkill for this because you're dealing with cement, not concrete. Cement is much softer than concrete fand those diamond cups will tear the cement apart.
Because cement is softer, you can do this with flap discs. You could start by chiselling away the chunkier bits then hit them with a 40grit flap disc to finish off any of the chunky bits. Then, with a steady hand, switch to an 80grit flap disc to even/smooth it all out. Take note of the angle of the flap discs to avoid taking big chunks out of areas. To make it easier to get a finer finish, I'd then switch to a black plastic grinder attachment (the name of it escapes me) but it allows you to fit a flat round disc to it (like an orbital sander, but for grinders) and pop a 120+ grit disc on there.
That should do the job.
Depending on the finish you're looking for, you could stop at the 40 grit flap disc step then skim coat the steps with a cement finish so it's even all over rather than seeing the bricks and mortar lines.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @tremas. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for your questions.
It's great to see the knowledgeable @ProjectPete has provided comprehensive answers to your questions.
We look forward to following along with your project and would encourage you to let us know if you need further assistance or would like to share your results with the community.
I'm finally ready to paint the steps with something!
@MitchellMc wondering if you have any thoughts on what is best? I'm looking for something that is non-slip and in a dark grey (Monumen grey if possible). I think I'd also prefer a textured finish if possible.
I assume some of the products can be coloured to what is needed?
Hi Sarah (@tremas),
It's great to hear you are ready to paint your stairs. I'd recommend Berger Jet Dry 4L Extra Deep Tone Non Slip Texture. It has the textured coating you're looking for and is able to be tinted to Colorbonds Monument Grey. Although this is already a non-slip textured paint designed for stairs that become slippery when wet, you can add additional grip with Berger Jet Dry 300g Clear True Grip if you wish.
You should find this step-by-step guide useful: How to paint concrete floors.
Please let me know if you have any questions.