Prominent Paints Paving Paint adds Curb Appeal
It has been over a year now since I laid new paving down when making changes to the front entrance at my house. Time to add a coat of paint to dress the bricks and add curb appeal. This was an easy project with Prominent Paints paving paint in Terracotta.
The entrance is close to my workshop where I do lots of painting and some of the paint dust has also spread onto the paving. The bricks are dull and desperately in need of a coat of paint. I have used Prominent Paints Paving paint for several outdoor projects, and will still be re-painting my driveway and outdoor patio before the spring rains arrive.
YOU WILL NEED:
Prominent Paints Paving paint, in your choice of colour
Paint roller, long pile
OPTIONAL: Drill and paint stirrer
● Wash down the area to be painted to remove dust and debris. Depending on how dirty the area is, you might need to get on your knees and thoroughly scrub the area. You might also need to use several cleaning products and equipment. Let the area dry overnight to ensure that you’ll be starting with a clean slate.
Putting paints when the surface is still moist can adversely affect the quality and longevity of the paint you’re going to use. This can also result in excessive molds that can eventually deteriorate the quality of the surface.
● Before you begin, use a paint stirrer or stick to thoroughly stir the paint. If you’re going to use paint from a large can, make sure to stir from the bottom. Most of the residue will be settling in the bottom of the container, which is why you should thoroughly stir the product before use. This will also enable you to produce a paint that has the same shade or color all throughout. You don’t want to start off with a lighter shade and then end up with darker tones as you eventually reach the bottom of the container, right?
● Start at a point where you won't work yourself into a corner. In this case I started at the end of the path, so that I could still walk through the front door. Make sure that everyone knows you are painting the area to prevent any mishaps. If you’re covering a large area that is regularly accessed by a lot of people, consider putting signs as you’re working and waiting for the paint to dry off. Applying a fresh coat of paint to your pavement is already tedious and redoing the task simply because someone accidentally stepped on the wet paint can result in stress and extra expenses.
● After fitting an extension rod, I dipped the paint roller directly into the paint container and then spread this over the paving. Run the roller backwards and forwards to keep the pile fluffy and able to fill any small gaps or cracks. Focus on areas that have bigger gaps or cracks, and make sure that you fill these with enough paint. The goal here is to make the surface as flat as possible.
● Working in this way, you can quickly apply the paint over uneven paving. Sometimes the paving may need a second coat, but I managed to get the job done with one coat of paving paint.
To decide whether or not a specific area requires another coat of paint, let the first coat dry and assess if the shade is similar to the other areas of your pavement. If one area is still too light after applying the first coat, you might need to apply another.
● Use the paintbrush to paint around the edges, or any areas that can't be painted using the paint roller. If you’re going to cover smaller areas, you might need to invest in smaller paintbrushes to ensure that your entire pavement is painted well.
● Immediately after finishing wash the paint roller, paintbrush and paint tray with warm water. Hang the paint roller and brush out to dry before using again.
If you want your output to mimic the works of paver sealing experts, remember to be patient with your efforts and practice regularly. If possible, acquire knowledge from different resources so you’ll know better how to use paving paints in improving your home’s curb appeal. The more resources you use and the more time you spend practicing, the better you’ll become in using paving paints.