Can Pavers Be Painted?

If you’re not satisfied with how your pavers look, you might be considering painting them to enhance their overall appearance. Yes, it is possible to paint the pavers, however, the real question should be, “Should I paint my pavers?”

Although you can paint your pavers, painting them is not recommended.

Why Is It Not Recommended to Paint My Pavers?

Painting your pavers is a temporary band-aid solution. It will eventually peel off. Another downside of painting your pavers is the application of chemical products. You should remember that the more chemicals you apply, the more they will wear down easily.

Paint also prevents moisture to escape the pavers, that is why painting the pavers will eventually peel off.

What Are The Alternatives To Painting Pavers?

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Sealing your pavers is the best choice to maintain their original look. This will also guarantee your pavers to be stain-free for another couple of years. Sealing will also make them easier to clean and enhance their colour.


Your pavers might look dull because of dust, and regular cleaning with pressure-washing can help remove stains. This will revive the old look of your pavers. Pressure washing can remove the most stubborn stains in your pavers.


Staining is similar to painting, but it doesn’t coat the pavers – they penetrate it. This makes it easier to apply and it will guarantee not to peel off, unlike painting.

Process of Painting Your Pavers

The first step before painting, sealing or cleaning your pavers, you must clean and remove weeds between the pavers. Brush off any dirt, dust, and debris – this is best removed using pressure washing.

It is also recommended to seal your pavers first before painting them. Spaces between the pavers should be properly sealed, or you will risk etching them.

You should also check the weather – should be 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above. If you see visible stains on your pavers, you should remove or treat them first. After thoroughly cleaning the pavers, allow them to dry overnight.

You can use a roller or spray apply a thin layer of acrylic cement paint. This will take up to 24 hours to completely dry. Then, you can apply the second coat of paint and let it dry again.

For the last step, you can apply two layers of sealant and avoid walking or driving on the pavers until the sealant has cured. This will take up to 48 hours.

Or Should You Just Get New Pavers?

We know that your pavers are as important as your home’s interiors. Well-maintained pavers will make your home more appealing and more attractive. Although most pavers are long-lasting, they can still wear off and look old over time.

These are the signs that you should replace your pavers completely.

  • Visible Cracks
  • Missing Pavers
  • Uneven Patios
  • Dull and Worn Out Pavers

At Townsville Pavers, we specialise in paving installation services – we hold a wide range of materials to suit all sorts of styles. 

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