Driveway Painting Port St Lucie

Driveway Painting Port St Lucie – A fresh coat of paint not only gives your driveway a facelift but also helps prolong its life by slowing down chipping and cracking due to weather exposure. To properly paint a concrete driveway, you must first ensure that it is completely cleared and clean. 

 We fill any cracks, if applicable, so we can paint over them and give the driveway a nice even coat.  

Last but not least, we make sure to use thick masonry paint that will withstand the expansion and contraction of the driveway as temperatures and weights fluctuate. Avoid painting an asphalt driveway as the paint will chip and peel much more easily since asphalt is oil-based.

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Basic Steps of Painting Your Driveway

Remove your vehicle and any other objects from the driveway:

Park your vehicle somewhere that you can leave it for the next few days while you complete the process of painting your driveway. Remove any other objects, such as planters or anything else you have on the driveway, and set them off to the side where you can leave them for at least 3 days.

Use a leaf blower or broom to clear loose debris from the driveway:

Blow away loose debris like leaves and twigs from the driveway with a leaf blower or sweep them off with a broom. Blow or sweep them off the side of the driveway onto your lawn and rake them up later 

Pressure-wash the driveway to remove all stuck-on dirt:

Hold the pressure washer so the nozzle is pointed down at the driveway at about a 45-degree angle away from you. Turn on the pressure washer and spray the entire driveway down with the jet stream in a sweeping motion from side to side to 

Apply a degreaser to any oil or grease stains to get rid of them:

Pour the degreaser onto the stain until it is completely covered. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then scrub the stain out with a stiff-bristled brush and water to clean it off the driveway

Brush cracks with a wire brush to remove any loose debris stuck in them:

Hold the wire brush on the surface of the crack at one end. Shove it away from you with vigorous strokes along the length of the crack to sweep out any loose debris 

 Fill any cracks in with concrete or repair caulk:

Use a caulking gun to squeeze a bead of repair caulk into the crack to fill it slightly higher than the top of the crack so you will be able to spread it out even with the driveway. This will work to fill cracks up to about 1⁄4 in (0.64 cm) in diameter.[6]

  • For any large dents or holes, you may need to apply a concrete repair compound to fix them.

 Smooth the crack filler with a putty knife so it is even with the driveway:

Press the filler down with the edge of the putty knife. Drag the putty knife away from the crack against the driveway to smooth the filler out with the rest of the driveway.

  • Try to blend the texture of the repair compound in with the driveway as well as you can so that when you paint over it you won’t be able to notice where you repaired the cracks.

Let the caulk dry for 24 hours before you paint the driveway:

This is how long it will take for the concrete repair caulk to dry and cure completely. Don’t paint over any wet repair caulk or it won’t be able to cure fully and will end up cracking again.

  • You can apply more caulk to touch up the cracks as needed as soon as the first layer is dry to the touch.
If you are unsure about the process or would rather leave the job to the professionals, call our team. We paint driveways frequently and can get your driveway beautiful in no time!

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Prime the driveway with water-based active etch primer:

Mix some active etch primer into a bucket of water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour it onto the driveway and scrub it in with a stiff push broom. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash it off with a hose and let the driveway dry completely before you start painting.

  • Active etch is a liquid that binds to concrete surfaces and roughens them so that paint will stick to them more easily

Choose masonry paint in a neutral color such as black or gray:

Masonry paint is thicker than regular paint and won’t crack when your driveway expands and contracts due to changes in temperature. Use a neutral color that goes with the exterior of your home 

Tape off anything at the edges of the driveway that you want to protect:

This includes the garage door and the sides of your home. Pull off strips of tape long enough to cover each edge you want to protect, then carefully stick them to the surface so the edge of the tape meets the surface of the driveway.

Paint around any hard-to-reach edges with a masonry paintbrush:

Masonry paintbrushes are stronger than regular brushes so they can withstand the rough concrete surface of your driveway 

 Roll on the paint with a 3⁄8 in (0.95 cm) nap roller on a long handle:

A nap roller is a heavy-duty roller that can withstand rough surfaces like concrete. Start at the top corner of the driveway and work side to side in small sections of about 2 ft × 2 ft (0.61 m × 0.61 m). Overlap the edges of the sections and work your way down until you have coated the whole driveway

Let the first coat dry undisturbed for 16-24 hours:

Don’t walk across the paint or put anything on it while it dries. Keep pets and small children away from the driveway so they don’t accidentally run over it. 

Apply a second coat of paint the same way you applied the first:

Start at the top corner of the driveway again and roll on the paint in overlapping 2 ft × 2 ft (0.61 m × 0.61 m) sections. Work your way to the bottom until you have completed the second coat.

Two coats are typically enough paint to cover your driveway. However, if the texture of your driveway is particularly rough you may need to apply a third coat to make sure it is evenly coated and you don’t miss any spots. 

Wait 72 hours to park on the driveway:

You can walk on the driveway after 24 hours, but don’t drive on it for a few days so the paint has time to cure.

Sound like a lot of work? It really is. Especially if it’s not something you do often. Save the time, energy, and frustration and call our team. We are here to help!