Driveway paint, just like concrete paint is becoming very popular in recent years. People have turned to driveway paint to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and decorative to come home to. Long gone are the days where you had the stone driveway or the asphalt black top type driveways.
Today it’s all about styling and how your design fits in with the lawn and garden surroundings that you may have.
What are the advantages of driveway paint?
The main advantage other than being a decorative surface is that driveway paints help protect the driveway more so than does just a standard black top. If you have a concrete driveway, the concrete driveway paint will help protect the surface from stains such as oil, gas and bird droppings.
Generally there are a few types of asphalt paint which include acrylic, tar, coal and water/polymer based. I generally think of the polymer based paints as the best because polymer is actually plastic and in my opinion protects and fights off stains the best out of those other options.
The next best driveway treatment other than polymer based driveway paint would be acrylic coating. The acrylic coating can easily be applied to any existing driveway and will give that drive space a well protected, clean and classy looking surface. One advantage of the acrylics is that they are great at covering up any imperfections that may already be in the surface.
There are a few other options available, but those really are for industrial and commercial type applications which are purposely made to withstand repeated droppings of oil, gas, acids and solid objects. Those types of driveway paints and sealers are very expensive and in many cases require a certain type of finish on the driveway in the first place.
I definitely wouldn’t consider these other options as an option for any DIY weekend job, it’s just overkill and doesn’t serve the purpose that we are looking for in the home/decorative genre.
Driveway paint recommendation
There’s a saying, “you can never go wrong with rust-oleum”. Rust Oleum Blacktop Driveway Coating is the product of choice for doing any type of driveway sealing or painting. As you can see in the image I have reccomended the epoxy shield, Which is great for a driveway that is going to be getting a lot of use.
Now this is the black paint, which is good because it doesn’t fade and turn gray. I have literally seen old gray driveways be restored to better than new condition with this stuff, and its a sinch to apply. Here’s the product descritpion:
EPOXYSHIELD blacktop coating’s water based advanced acrylic formula lasts longer than conventional asphalt based coatings, revitalizing worn and faded driveways to a like new, jet black appearance. 3 gallon bucket is filled with 2 gallon of product for easy application. Product can be applied by dipping a 1 2” nap paint roller right into the bucket.
Once applied, the coating is safe for vehicle traffic in just 4 hours. Cleanup is a breeze with soap and water. Low odor. 2 gallon provides 600 to 800 sq. ft. coverage. Coverage varies based upon the condition and porosity of the blacktop.
If you have a driveway that has faded, has pits, chips or stains or just wants to bring some life into your black top, you should consider black top driveway paint and sealants. Not only will they provide a nice visual display now, they will also protect your driveway for the future. Good luck!