How to paint a concrete driveway

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Project 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 have included a couple of tips to help you achieve a better final result.

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Quick Tip

To get the most out of your paint, give it a good stir before you start painting. You’ll find it mixes the pigment better – giving you a more consistent colour. Plus, you’ll make sure all the ingredients are well spread throughout the tin – giving you far greater product performance.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean and prime the driveway
2 Mask up the edges
3 Thin the paint slightly with mineral turpentine
4 Paint the driveway
  • Step 1. Clean 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 seven days. Now sweep the driveway. Then mix some etch primer into a bucket of water and give the driveway a good scrub using the stiff broom. Let the primer sit on the surface for 10 minutes, then wash it off with a hose.
  • Step 2. Mask 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.
  • Step 3. Thin 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. Mix 100mls of turpentine in for every litre of paint you want to dilute.
  • Step 4. Paint 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 seven days to cure before you drive on it.
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