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Paint being applied to a driveway with a long handled paint roller

Overview

You can refresh your old driveway just by cleaning and painting it. You can make the job easier by learning a few techniques to do the job properly. We show you how to get your surfaces ready, as well the most effective way to apply the paint. Plus, we've included a couple of tips to help you achieve a better final result.

Steps

1Clean and prime the driveway

Before you do anything, move your car out onto the street. Remember, once you've painted the driveway, it needs to cure for 7 days. Now, sweep the driveway. Then mix some etch primer into a bucket of water and give the driveway a good scrub using a stiff broom. Let the primer sit on the surface for 10–20 minutes, then wash it off with a hose. The etch primer is a strong acid, so be sure to use the safety gear when handling it. 
A tub of etch primer sitting on a driveway in front of a stiff yard brush

2Mask up the edges

Your driveway may have a number of surrounding surfaces you want to avoid getting paint on. These might include the walls and doors of the garage, the cover of the drain and the garden edging. As part of your preparation, protect all those surfaces with masking tape.
The edges of a driveway being sealed up with painters' tape

3Thin the paint slightly with mineral turpentine

Driveway paint is a heavy-duty, thick paint designed to withstand cars driving over it. This can make it a challenge to apply smoothly to a rough surface. To achieve an even first coat, dilute some of the paint with mineral turpentine. Add 100ml of turpentine for every litre of paint you're using and mix it in well. A painter's respirator will prevent you breathing in any fumes while you handle the turps and paint.
Turpentine being mixed into a can of black heavy duty paint

4Paint the driveway

Start by painting all the edges and detailed areas with a paint brush. This is known as cutting in. After cutting in, use a paint roller to cover the rest of the surface. Remember not to paint yourself into a corner  start at the back and work towards an exit point. When the first coat has had 16 hours to cure, give it a second coat with undiluted paint. When the second coat is on, give it 7 days to cure before you drive on it.
Paint being applied to a driveway with a long handled paint roller

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.