Paving Paint

A Few Uses For Pavement Paint

When doing some fixing up around the house, pavement paint seldom is on the list of materials to be purchased. In fact pavement, be it concrete or asphalt, is usually the last thing to get painted, if it ever is. Pavement paint will most often be used in swimming pools, not only for decorative purposes but to provide an extra sealant when the pool is starting to show its age.

A Sexy Garage - The other places one is apt to use pavement paint, especially epoxy paint is on garage floors and around patios. It's really amazing how much different a house can look with a colored patio floor after years of looking at a gray one. The same applies to the garage. We may not think too much about a garage floor being anything but gray, but a blue or tan floor can actually make a garage interior inviting, encouraging you to do a bit of cleanup along the walls and on the shelves, throw some things out, and feel more like keeping the garage spic and span. A paving paint surface also makes wiping up oil spills and the like, and cleaning the floor a whole lot easier. A couple of gallons of paint is often more than enough for a two-car, and even a three-car garage. If it's a small garage, say 22 x 20 feet, a gallon may do the job. When you take everything out of the garage and paint the floor, the first thing you'll probably think of when the paint is drying is to invite the neighbors over and have a dance party (wait until its perfectly dry, which may take several days).

Now that you have your pool resealed, your patio looking sharp, and a garage that's now the pride of the neighborhood, what can be done with the paint that's left over? Saving it for touch ups is fine, but most of us don't care to store a quarter gallon of paving paint indefinitely, since it will probably get thrown out anyway. So how about paving stones, birdbaths, or anything gray that might look sharp with a little color to it? If you have a lot of small stuff, you might consider getting two or three quart cans of different colored paving paint as it's not all that expensive. Just don't get carried away and follow the military approach - “if it's not moving, paint it". There's sometimes a thin line separating the elegant from the garish.

Monochrome Or Technicolor - When you have one coat down, you may thing you're done, and in most cases probably will be. If you have a bit of an artistic side to you however, your coat of paving paint is not the end of the story. It becomes the background color for whatever design you might want to add. In some instances, like a patio or sidewall, a single color is more than enough and if the right color adds a touch of class. You may want to add a design to the patio floor or some lines and squares for games if you have a sports court consisting of a cement slab or made up of paving stones.

Stones, Bricks, And More - If you have a pathway of paving stones, be they smooth or aggregate, there's nothing wrong with painting them, either the same color or in different colors. You don't have to stop at concrete or stone, brick can be painted too if an inspiration strikes.

When we think of paving paint, we tend to limit our thoughts to crosswalks and center lines. Maybe its time to think outside the box a bit, look around, and see just what a quart, or a gallon might do in the way of spicing things up.