Are you considering painting your pavers because they look old already? Or there are stains you just can’t get rid of? Well, it is possible to paint your pavers, but it is not the best choice. It’s not necessary to paint them. We will discuss further why it is not recommended and what other options you can do.
What Are The Disadvantages of Painting Your Pavers?
We understand that you want to enhance the look of your pavers. However, painting your pavers will not last long. The paint will eventually peel off from the surface. The reason behind this is because the paint prevents the moisture to escape from the pavers.
Another reason why we do not recommend painting your pavers is because of the chemicals that will be involved. Painting your pavers will damage them easily because of the toxic chemicals in the paint.
How Are Pavers Painted?
Painting pavers is similar to sealing and cleaning them. The first thing you need to do is to clean and sweep dust, weeds, and debris off of the surface. The most effective way to do this is by using pressure washing. If there are visible stains on the surface, you can treat them by using strong cleaners.
We recommend sealing the pavers before painting them. You should also consider the weather before starting to paint your pavers.
Once your pavers are cleaned, allow them to dry overnight. Once dried, you can now apply a thin layer of acrylic paint. After 24 hours, you can apply the second coat of paint.
Once the second coat has completely dried out, you can start applying two layers of sealant for extra protection. Take note that you should avoid walking on the pavers until the sealant has cured – this takes 48 hours.
Types of Paving Paints
You have two main types to choose from – oil-based or water-based. If you haven’t painted your surface before, you can choose either of the two. But, if your pavers have already been painted before, you must choose a paint that is compatible with the previous paint.
You can also add special finishes like semi-gloss finish, and add non-slip additives for additional safety.
Alternatives to Painting Pavers
There are other ways to enhance the look of your pavers, without chemicals being involved. Here are better alternatives to painting your pavers.
Applying of Sealant
Sealing will prevent your pavers to have stubborn stains for a couple of years. It will also enhance the look of your pavers. It will also make cleaning easier.
Cleaning and Pressure Washing
If your pavers have stains, dust, and debris, pressure washing is the best option to remove them. Sometimes, pavers tend to look old because of dirt, regular cleaning will help brighten up your pavers.
Controlled staining is similar to the process of painting the pavers. Though, instead of coating the pavers, staining will penetrate them. Staining will also not cause the surface to peel off.