Driveway Guide: Considerations Before Painting

How to paint your driveway floor

If your driveway is sun bleached or in need of a fresh coat of paint -- or worse, cracking and becoming catchalls for rain and dirt -- it sounds like you're ready for a refresh. 

Painting the driveway can transform the look of your home, and its an affordable and attractive option to improve the value of your property.  

Prepping the floor and following these steps will ensure you get the most out of your investment.  

  1. Asphalt must be at least 6 months old -- paint will not adhere to new asphalt so it's best to hold off painting your driveway until the time is right.  
  2. Fill all cracks -- use cement filler to fill cracks, strengthen and smooth out the floor surface.  
  3. Avoid rainy conditions -- keep an eye on the weather forecast. If there's even a hint of rain in the coming 24 hours, it's best to wait. 
  4. Hose it down -- the driveway should be dirt free as you want to avoid paint peeling up. Use a hose or pressure cleaner to remove as much as possible. Paint will cover dirt temporarily but will soon peel up since it never had a firm adherence to the driveway surface in the first place.  
  5. Tape off any areas around the driveway -- by doing so, you'll create clean lines and a more aesthetic appearance. Its especially important to use tape when painting around landscaping, sidewalks and lawn decor.  
  6. Use acrylic-based epoxy paint -- this paint is designed specifically for driveways to avoid yellowing caused by sunlight. Note: water-based epoxies CANNOT be used outside and will degrade and turn yellow under UV rays. 

Once you've followed these steps on how to paint a driveway, plant a fragrant bush and sprinkle in some brightly colored perennial flowers. It's sure to make you smile when you drive up to your home after a long day of work. ​