How to Paint Concrete Pavers

Get tips for painting concrete pavers from the experts at Behr. Learn what type of paint to use and find out how to prep the surface for a long-lasting finish.

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This section will cover all the necessary steps for prepping your concrete pavers before painting. You will need to gather the following supplies: a putty knife, a wire brush, a 5-in-1 painter’s tool, a clean cloth, TSP Trisodium Phosphate, a garden hose, and a bucket. You will also need to choose the right paint for the job. We recommend using a latex paint with a satin or semi-gloss finish.


You will need the following materials:
-Concrete pavers
-Paint stripper
-Stiff bristled brush
-Mild detergent
-Drop cloths or old newspapers
-Paint tray
-Roller or paintbrush
-Concrete sealer (optional)

Surface Preparation

In order for your new paint to bond properly and achieve the best results, you’ll need to prepare the surface of your concrete pavers first. This involves cleaning the pavers thoroughly and then either sanding or etching them.

Cleaning: Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, cleaning is critical to the success of your project. All dirt, grime, mildew, and other contaminants must be removed before painting. Etching: If you have smooth concrete pavers, etching is essential to creating a surface that the paint can grip. Roughing up the surface with sandpaper is an alternative if you don’t want to use an etching solution.


Whether you want to add a pop of color to your patio or camouflage an aging concrete driveway, painting concrete pavers is a fast, easy, and low-cost way to achieve either look.

Applying the Paint

The best time to paint your concrete pavers is in the late spring or early summer, when the weather is warm and dry. You’ll need to give the pavers a thorough cleaning before you start painting, and you’ll need to apply two coats of paint to get full coverage. Be sure to use a concrete sealer after the pavers are dry to protect them from weather damage.

Drying and Curing

After the sealer has been applied and has had time to dry, it is important to protect the pavers from traffic for at least 24 hours. This will give the sealer time to cure properly. Once the 24 hours have passed, your pavers will be ready to enjoy!


Although pavers are a very durable surface, they will require some maintenance from time to time. You may need to clean them occasionally to prevent dirt and grime from building up. You may also need to reseal them every few years to protect them from the elements.


Cleaning is the most important step in maintaining your concrete pavers. You should clean them at least once a year, and more often if they are subject to heavy use or are in a particularly dirty environment. To clean your pavers, you will need a stiff brush, a hose, and some detergent. Mix the detergent with water in a bucket and then scrub the pavers with the brush. Rinse the pavers off with the hose and allow them to dry completely.