THE BEST PAINT PRODUCTS FOR PAVING STONES, PATIOS & DRIVEWAYS
The look of your paving stones, patios and driveways can make or break the curb appeal of your property. But you don’t have to replace your existing paving slabs to revive your old outdoor pavements. A coat of paint can easily make your property look brand new.
When choosing a paint for paving stones and driveways there are a few things to consider. The most important is durability. A paint that can’t withstand heavy traffic will peel off quickly.
You also must choose a product that withstands adverse weather and elements. To help you find the right product, our expert team has tested and rated the most popular paints in the UK. Check out our top picks below.
OUR BEST PICK PAVING STONES PAINTS
Best Of The Rest
A slip-resistant, scuff-resistant and scratch-resistant doorstep paint designed to revamp your entrance.
A stylish matt finish, durability, and an excellent price – a paint that delivers good value for money.
A clear anti-slip coating ideal for stone and wood substrates – suitable to use on interior and exterior surfaces.
Thompson’s Drive Seal is our favourite driveway paint, a product developed to revive old tarmac and protect your driveways from fuel and oil stains. Drive Seal withstands light to medium vehicle traffic and is ideal for domestic or low-duty commercial use.
Boasting a unique combination of acrylic polymers and inorganic pigments, Drive Seal presents itself as a slightly viscous liquid that is easy to apply on sound tarmac. The product has a low concentration of volatile organic compounds and is safe to use even in enclosed spaces, such as on the garage floor.
The application is easy but Drive Seal won’t adhere to existing oil or grease stains. A proper surface preparation is key to the success of your project, and you should remove any existing stains, dirt, dust or moss before applying the paint.
The easiest way to apply the product is with a long pile roller and for the best results, it is recommended to use Drive Seal on a dry day with temperatures above 10°C. Stir the product vigorously before use and keep stirring during use to ensure consistent results.
Rustins Step & Tile paint is an affordable solution for low-traffic areas including doorsteps, paving stones and tiled pavements and floors. The product comes in two colours formulated with special pigments that ensure an outstanding opacity.
Developed for interior and exterior use, the product boasts a hard-wearing and weather resistant formula that withstands medium-duty foot traffic but also weather and environmental elements.
The main characteristic of this paint is the superior covering power and the high opacity of the pigments. Available in red and black, Step & Tile covers bare or previously painted surfaces with just two coats. A litre of paint suffices for up to 14m² but actual coverage is determined by the porosity of the surface.
Another thing we like is the finish. Developed mostly for tiles, the paint dries to a gloss coat that gives a “glazed”, elegant look to your pavements and floors. Undoubtedly, a product to consider if you want your paintwork to stand out.
Ronseal Diamond Hard is more resistant than Rustins Step & Tile and it could be a great alternative for an area with heavy footfall, such as the entrance. Developed to resist scuffing and scratching, the paint also boasts an anti-slip finish and quick drying properties.
The hardwearing formula is water-based, eco-friendly and safe to use in all environments. However, the product is only suitable for exterior applications and is compatible with brick, concrete and stone surfaces.
A great feature is a self-priming formula that adheres wonderfully to previously painted or bare substrates.
One downside: the product is advertised as weather resistant and suitable for the outdoors, but in reality, the paint doesn’t resist adverse weather very well.
Another paving paint product we liked is Johnstone’s Paint for Bricks, Tiles & Doorsteps. Ideal to use on a variety of exterior surfaces, this paint boasts a weather resistant formula that withstands medium foot traffic.
Developed for paving, slates, stone, brick and unglazed tiles, the product comes in a single colour and dries to a contemporary matt finish that is guaranteed to add a stylish touch to your property.
Durability is ensured by a hardwearing solvent-based formulation which is more resistant to the daily wear and tear, adverse weather and elements than most of the water-based products on the market.
Despite its toxic composition, the product has a rather low odour, and it dries surprisingly fast. You’ll be able to apply a second coat after about two hours and walk on it after approximately six hours.
Liberon Anti-Slip Coating is exactly what it says – a clear anti-slip coating for interior and exterior paving and floors made from stone or wood. Developed to turn any slippery surfaces into non-slip even when wet, this product doesn’t alter the look of the surface, which is great if you like the existing colour and aspect of the substrate.
UV and weather resistant, the paint transforms the smooth and slippery floors into non-hazardous surfaces and it is deal to use on decking, patios, swimming pools, utility rooms and in other high humidity areas either indoors or outdoors.
The water-based product is safe to use in all environments and boasts a quick drying time. Two undiluted coats are usually sufficient to treat your pavements but a very porous substrate may require a third coat.
Allow the paint to dry for at least three hours between coats and for at least 12 hours before use.
Because the product reacts with the surface, we recommend testing the coating on an inconspicuous area for compatibility and end result.