A SIMPLE and affordable way to add kerb appeal to your home? Paint your tired-looking driveway. Over the years, driveways are subjected to harsh weather, oil spills and mildew, and the concrete will chip and crack. But not all is lost, although a little elbow grease is required.
Make the job easier by learning a few techniques, such as how to get your surfaces ready, as well the most effective way to apply the paint. Here's how:
Step 1: Clean and prime the driveway
Before you do anything, move your car out on to the street. Remember, once you've painted the driveway it needs to cure for seven days. Now sweep the driveway.
Then mix some etch primer into a bucket of water and give the driveway a good scrub using a stiff broom. Let the primer sit on the surface for 10 minutes, then wash it off with a hose.
Step 2: Mask up the edges
Your driveway may have a number of surrounding surfaces you want to avoid getting paint on. These might include the walls and doors of the garage, the cover of the drain and the garden edging. As part of your preparation, protect all those surfaces with masking tape.
Step 3: Thin the paint slightly with mineral turpentine
Driveway paint is a heavy-duty, thick paint designed to withstand cars driving over it. This can make it a challenge to apply smoothly to a rough surface.
To achieve an even first coat, dilute some of the paint with mineral turpentine. Mix 100mls of turpentine in for every litre of paint you want to dilute.
Step 4: Paint the driveway
Start by painting all the edges and detailed areas with a paint brush. This is known as 'cutting in'. After cutting in, use a paint roller to cover the rest of the surface. Remember not to paint yourself into a corner - start at the back and work towards an exit point.
When the first coat has had 16 hours to cure, give it a second coat with undiluted paint. When the second coat is on, give it seven days to cure before you drive on it.
Paint roller and extension arm
Driveway paint (we're using Berger Jet Dry Paint)
Etch primer (we're using Berger Jet Dry Etch and Clean)
Bucket of water
All tools and materials are available at your local Bunnings Warehouse.
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