Concrete driveways can really stand the test of time, hence why they’re so popular. One way to prolong the life of your driveway even further is to paint it, and although this can be a tough task to take on yourself, you’ll save yourself a load of money in comparison to hiring a professional.
To make it simpler for you, we’ve got some quick and easy tips to get you started:
Get Your Equipment Together
First of all, you need the right equipment to get started. It helps to remember that your driveway needs to be totally clean, free of all dirt and oil before you begin. You also need to select a paint that’s suitable for concrete, or all of your efforts will be wasted.
- Pressure washer
- Degreasing formula made for pressure washers
- Exterior paint for the concrete
- Big paint rollers/paint sprayer
- Safety glasses
Once you’ve got everything you need, you can begin to paint your driveway!
Painting Your Driveway
- Clean your driveway using the pressure washer, but make sure you take special care and wear your safety glasses. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can always rent one to save you forking out the cash on a new one. Make sure your driveway has been fully covered by the washer and the cleaning solution.
- Use the power washer again on the driveway, but this time with clean water. All grease and dirt needs to be totally gone in order for the painting to be successful. Allow your driveway to thoroughly dry before carrying on with the job – this could take days, so be patient!
- Once your driveway is totally dry and clean, you can begin to apply your chosen paint with a paint sprayer or long handled roller, whichever you prefer. Either choice is fine, but if you want the job done in good time then a paint sprayer is probably best.
- Work closer to the house and work your way down to the bottom of the driveway.
- When your first coat of paint is dry, you can begin to apply your second. Start in the same way you did before; at the start of the driveway working your way down.
- You’ll want to wait a couple of days before you park your car on the drive, otherwise you could totally scuff up the paint job.
- Before starting, make sure you check the weather forecast in your area. The paint shouldn’t get wet, so you need a dry few days in order for it to be successful.
- Remember that wind could also mess up your paint job by blowing dirt onto the fresh paint.
- You might want to grab a sealer at your DIY shop, depending on the kind of paint you’re using.
- If you don’t think you’ll be able to manage this task, contact a professional company to see if they can do anything for you.
The key to making your driveway look spot on isn’t just in the way you paint it, it’s in the way you clean it. The cleaning is the most important part of painting your driveway, so you really need to be thorough. Good luck!