Homeowners choose brick pavers for driveways, patios, and walkways. The attractive patterns have low maintenance and sidewalk repair. Why would you want to paint brick pavers? Some homeowners want to touch up the brick pavers or add an extra layer of protection through the stain-resistant coating. In other cases, a homeowner may want to change the overall look of the sidewalk by changing its color entirely. How can you paint brick pavers?
Professional vs. Do-It-Yourself
While you can paint the brick pavers yourself, a professional will not only repaint the sidewalk but will inspect any issues that you might have with the pavers. They can offer sidewalk repair and pinpoint areas that might need replacement. Painting the brick pavers yourself takes time and dedication.
Before you begin to paint the sidewalk, be sure that you sweep away any grit. A broom or vacuum will get rid of any grit. Spray the sidewalk down. Be sure that the pavers are dry. You want to remove all dirt and grime from the sidewalk. If you do not, you will end up sealing any dirt under the paint.
Additionally, check the weather forecast. You don’t want to paint the walkway on a day with heavy precipitation. Try to plan properly for your painting. If you think you need to stretch the project over a few days, then be sure that rain or snow is not in the forecast. Because you are working with turpentine, be sure to use safety gloves, goggles, and mask.
- Stir paint
- Dilute paint with 20% mineral turpentine
- Apply coats with short-nap roller or paintbrush
- Let coat dry before applying next coat
After you finish painting the brick pavers, be sure to clean the brushes properly. Rinse the brushes, rollers, and stirrers with turpentine. After they dry rinse them again with water.
A Lifetime of Beauty
Brick pavers are durable and attractive. They add to the overall home value and have a unique artistic aesthetic. Adding a coat of paint makes older pavers look like new while also adding an additional protective coat.