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Can I Paint My Pavers?

Brick pavers are most commonly used to form walkways, driveways and patios. You can make the pavers more stain-resistant by coating the brick surface with a paint coating. Because the paint is made of polyurethane modified alkyd resin and contains a slip guard, it makes the pads easier to clean and people are less likely to slip on them. Painted brick pavers will last longer than those simply sealed, although the pavers may eventually need a new coat of paint.


For brick pavers, you need a penetrating sealer or a film-forming product, according to "This Old House." Brick pavers have bumpy surfaces that absorb a large amount of paint. When a sealer or film-forming product is used, the liquid smoothes out the surface and fills the pads, which means that you need less paint later. Apply an outdoor paint that can withstand environmental pressure. Cover the top layer of paint with a clear sealant or a clear coat of paint that provides more protection for the color of the paint.


You need cement or concrete paint for stone, concrete or cement flooring. Cement paint contains ingredients that allow the paint to stick better to the surfaces of stone. Acrylic cement paints have a stronger finish that is good for exposure. Before applying the paint, use cement or concrete primer. Apply a paint roller to keep the air pockets from forming. After drying the first layer of paint, apply a second coat. Use a clear sealant at the top of the paint.



Carefully clean each of them before painting the pavements. Sweep away any debris, including leaves and vegetation. Clean the surface of the pavers with a mixture of warm water and liquid soap or other mild liquid soap. Rub the solution on the pavements with a damp sponge or soft cloth. Rinse off any soap residue with a garden hose or fresh water bucket.



Do not paint coatings with paint intended for indoor use. As rain, snow and other environmental factors touch the pavements, paint peels and chips away from the pavements. Even if you use a sealant, the chips can still form, which requires frequent touch-ups. Avoid painting pavers before cleaning, as you risk trapping dust and other debris between the pavers and the layers of paint, creating a bumpy and unattractive look.


Tips for Painting Pavers

1. Clean Well

One of the most important things you need to keep in mind before this process starts is that you need to make sure everything is clean. You've got to get rid of all the dirt or dust that was built on the brick pavers. They may be brick stones on the ground, but your thinking process as far as cleaning and preparation is concerned should be the same as if you were painting a wall.


If you try to start painting before you clean the surface of the brick pavers thoroughly, you will basically lock all the debris underneath the paint. It's also going to be difficult for the paint to stick to the brick pavers.You should sweep all of the dirt off of the surface of the brick pavers. You also might consider rinsing them off with water before moving forward.


2. Plan Ahead

Don't begin to paint your brick pavements haphazardly. Make sure you plan ahead a little bit and you already have a design in mind.


You need to choose a day to do this job when the weather is working with you. If the temperature is below 50ºF , you may want to avoid a job that day. When the weather is warm, you need to work on this project. In addition, you should also check the forecast for rainfall. If there is even a remote chance of rain, the project should be avoided.


3. Mix with Turpentine

Mix 1 part of the turpentine with 4 parts of the paint. Do this only with the first coat of paint; do not add turpentine for subsequent coats. However, you don't want to mix the turpentine in the paint bucket because it dilutes all the paint that isn't used. The paint and the turpentine should be mixed in a different type of container.


When you mix it with turpentine, it sticks much better to the surface of the brick pavements. Then you can go over that initial coat with a real coat of paint.Allow plenty of time for the first coat to dry before putting another coat on. This may take as long as eight hours for the paint to completely dry.


4. Multiple Coats

Once the first coat of turpentine-laced paint has been dried, additional coats of paint that have not been mixed with anything may be applied. Aim to finish two or three coats, and keep in mind that there may be hours of downtime between coats. Make sure your brick pavements are protected from wind, debris and foot traffic during the drying phase.

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