How to paint concrete

Concrete paint is specifically designed to cope with cars driving over it. It is a heavy duty thick paint which needs approximately seven days to cure.

What you need:

  • Concrete paint
  • Outside broom
  • Etch primer
  • Bucket of water
  • Power washer or garden hose
  • Degreaser 
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape (optional)

Painting a concrete driveway or floor

Check if there is moisture rising up through the concrete by taping a plastic bag down on the concrete and leaving overnight. If there is no moisture on the bag, then move on to the next step.
Sweep concrete to get rid of any debris.
Use degreaser on any oily spots.
Mix some etch primer into a bucket of water and scrub concrete with stiff broom, then let it sit on surface for 10 mins. 
Wash concrete with a power washer or hose and leave to dry.
Place masking tape around edges.
To get even first coat, dilute some of the paint with mineral turpentine (100 mls of turpentine per litre of paint you want to dilute).  
Paint edges with a paint brush and use a paint roller to cover the rest of the surface. 
Leave for sixteen hours to cure. 
Add a second coat of paint and leave for a full seven days to cure properly.