Whether you want to protect your driveway from the elements or simply improve your home’s curb appeal, it is possible to paint your driveway.
Not only does painting your driveway have the power to increase the overall appearance (and value) of your home, but it will also help to extend the life of your driveway.
Just think about it: out of all the areas of the yard, the driveway is one of the areas that is exposed to the most wear and tear.
Not only does it have to deal with all types of weather conditions (including adverse), but it also has to bear the weight of your vehicle(s), not to mention being at risk of being exposed to gas and oil leaks!
When you put all of that together, it only makes sense that you should protect it as much as possible.
If a driveway does not get the proper amount of care, then it can lead to the concrete beginning to breakdown and crack, as well as staining to occur across the surface of the concrete, which will bring down the overall appearance of your home, as well as potentially cause you to have to pay some hefty repair costs.
So, in order to preserve the pristine condition of your driveway, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to do so is by painting over the surface with high-quality paint designed for driveways.
Before you undertake the job, we recommend taking the time to properly prepare your driveway as much as possible prior to painting, including removing any dirt and debris, filling in cracks, as well as hosing down the entirety of your driveway to clean it.
Though this may seem like a time-consuming thing to do, it will ultimately ensure that your finished paint job will look flawless while also reducing the risk of any peeling, bubbling, or cracking.
Can you paint over a painted driveway?
Yes, it is possible to paint over a driveway that has already been painted!
If you’ve painted your driveway once before in the past and you’d like to touch it up with a lick of new paint, the process of repainting your driveway is actually very simple, although it will be slightly different from the method you will have followed when first painting it.
The good news is that you won’t need to remove any of the old paint off of your driveway, especially if you’re planning on using epoxy paint.
Though many people choose to take an acid product to effectively lift off the paint from the surface, this isn’t necessary as you will be able to paint over the existing paint without any issues.
Not only will this help to speed up the process, but it will also prevent you from having to worry about going to the trouble of removing all of the old paint in order to apply new.
Though you will likely not need to remove any of the existing paint, you will need to sand it down to ensure that the new paint will be able to stick.
With 200-grit sandpaper (or even an electric sander) gently begin buffing over the driveway in order to give it texture, as this will ensure that the paint will have something to adhere to.
Apply 1-2 coats of paint, and then leave it to dry for at least 24 hours, ensuring that you do not drive or park your vehicle on it during this timeframe.
However, as a side note, if the paint is peeling off the surface of your driveway, you will need to consider removing it prior to applying fresh paint, as this could cause the fresh paint layers to be unable to effectively bond to the surface of your driveway.
How long will a painted driveway last?
How long a painted driveway will last depends on a great number of factors, including the weather conditions where you live, what type of driveway you have, as well as how frequently you use it.
However, in normal circumstances, you can expect a painted driveway to last for around 5 years before it will need to be entirely redone, although this average estimate can vary on either side of that figure.
In addition, within that time span, you’ll likely notice that you need to touch your driveway paint up here and there, especially if you notice that little cracks and damage within the topcoat.
These little signs of wear and tear are to be expected, and almost always won’t require you to completely redo the paint on your driveway.
Rather, you will likely find that you’ll need to sand and recoat your driveway every 6-12 months, although this general maintenance can be even more frequent if you live in a particularly hot area of the world (humidity can increase moisture which can affect the paint) or if your driveway is frequently used by more than one person, which can increase the chances of degradation in certain areas of your driveway.
What color should I paint my driveway?
The color that you choose will ultimately come down to your own preferences, although many people choose to stick with earthy-toned colors for their driveway.
These types of colors include varying shades of brown such as tan, beige, and sand, although some people even like to branch out and use other types of earthy colors such as green, though this is less common.
The main reason why many people prefer to opt for an earthy, neutral color for their driveways is that it allows the driveway to blend in with the colors of the surrounding garden, as well as being able to complement the color of the home’s exterior nicely.
Besides aesthetic reasons, another reason why many homeowners like to choose earthy colors for their driveway is that it is a practical decision, as these colors are better able at disguising tire marks, dirt, and even stains caused by oil or car gas.