You may have seen paint on pavement surfaces and wondered if they use regular paint or if there is a special kind. There are some important considerations that need to be made if the paint is to be applied to the pavement. Pavements usually see a lot of foot traffic, and even bikes and cars. So the paint needs to be slip-proof.
They also need to be more durable than regular paint as they will be subjected to a lot of friction from all things moving past them. Think of the markings and signals painted over on the roads; those markings have to be durable and should reduce the chances of slipping.
Pavement paints can also help improve the life of your pavement tiles, and to some extent, they also prevent water damage and help prevent pavement damages.
In this article, we will explore the types of pavement paint and will also discuss their usage. By the end of the article, you have the correct information regarding pavement paints and will know which one to use for each purpose.
Paint for Brick and Concrete Pavers
If you’re a homeowner with concrete or brick pavers in your driveway, or in your back yard then you must have wondered if you can paint them over. Yes, you can. It is in fact a huge DIY trend. Most people decide to paint pavers when they are no longer happy with the way they look.
Whether it’s because they’ve lost color due to sun exposure or because they appear aged. Many homeowners may be concerned that painting your pavers may cause you to slip or skid, but if you have the right kind of paint, it is perfectly okay to paint over your pavers.
- Acrylic paint
Acrylic paints come in a variety of colors and can be applied using brushes, rollers, or spraying equipment. Acrylics are more expensive than other paints because they are the most popular and versatile type of paint. This is the most popular option. Acrylic paints can also be a good option for application in other concrete areas like patio or walkways.
- Paver Staining
Stains are bad. They spoil the beauty of your pavers unless they are done in a controlled and purposeful manner. Staining your pavers is quite similar to that of painting; staining products penetrate the pavers rather than coating them, resulting in a more natural effect that will not peel off and is actually easier to apply.
For homeowners looking to uplift the look of their pavers, staining is a better option than painting. However, if you’re staining, then you will have to do some proper preparation. Deep clean your pavement and let it dry before you apply any staining paint.
- Painting over stone pavers
Paver stones are used to build paths across your lawn and garden, as well as patios for outdoor spaces. Pavers are usually available in neutral or natural colors like drab brick red, stone brown, or plain grey. Paint the pavers if you want a brighter look or a more ornamental design.
Cement or concrete paint is required for pavers constructed of stone, concrete, or cement. Cement paint contains chemicals that help the paint adhere to stone surfaces better. Acrylic cement paints feature a more durable surface that is resistant to fading.
Before applying the paint, use a cement or concrete primer. Use a paint roller to apply the paint, which prevents air pockets from developing. After the first coat of paint has dried, you can apply a second coat. Also, use concrete seals to extend the life of your paint and pavers.
Paint to use on Asphalt Pavements
You will save time if you know what sorts of paint to use on asphalt. The correct paint will stick to the asphalt, look brilliant and vibrant, and stay for a long time. You should be careful not to use regular paint as it will wash off after the first rainstorm, and they cannot withstand daily exposure to the elements.
Asphalt is a complicated paving substance that incorporates numerous chemicals and petroleum-based materials. Asphalt’s chemistry makes it difficult for paint to adhere to it. There are specialized paints that work better on asphalt, whether you’re striping a parking lot or installing a three-point arch for your driveway basketball court.
- Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Paints. We have talked about acrylic paints when we discussed paints for pavers. They can be used for asphalt as well. Acrylic paint is a popular option to paint over asphalt. It is water-soluble and polymer-based. Because it is water-based, it will not harm the asphalt, subgrade, or nearby regions.
- Coal Tar paint
If you are only looking for a smooth finish and protection, and the color of the paint is not necessary for you, or if you want a black finish of concrete pavements, Coal Tar paint may be the perfect option for you. Although coal tar paint is less expensive than acrylic paint, it is more hazardous and corrosive to deal with.
It is combined with other polymers to make it more tough and durable than other forms of paint. It can withstand strong traffic and the sun’s persistent UV rays. Coal tar paint is a black sealant that is widely used for large-area paint covering.
- Water-based latex paint
Water-based latex paint is also available in a variety of hues. It is possible to have it particularly prepared for use on asphalt. The asphalt mixture has already been sealed with a different type of paint, typically coal tar paint. It is the fastest drying paint for use on asphalt, curing to the touch in three hours.
Paint for Making Markings on the Pavement
If you are looking for paint to make markings, like the one on roads, then your choice of paint will depend on the surface and mark being made. For road markings, you should be interested in paint properties such as anti-skid, reflectivity, longevity, and performance.
- Road Marking Paint:
Water-based road marking paint is low-profile and anti-slip, making it perfect for airfield runways and race tracks with no foreign object litter on the surface. Its diverse color palette also makes it an excellent choice for car parks, shipping ports, block paving surfaces, warehouses, and transport yards.
- Thermoplastic road marking paint:
This is the most popular substance for road marking since it is durable and luminous, making it excellent for high-traffic roads and highways. It is sprayed over the road surface after being heated to 180 degrees Celsius, which is why it is also known as hot melt marking paint or hot tape. Line marking can also be done with the pre-formed thermoplastic tape.