How to Use Granite Paint on Outdoor Surfaces

What You'll Need
Granite paint
Paint rollers
Dowel for mixing
Paint crystals
Paint tray
Thick masking tape
Cleaning solution
Scrubbing brush
A-frame ladder

Making use of granite paint is a great way to create a different texture to any surface on which it is applied. By understanding the process of applying it correctly, you can be sure that you get the result that you desire.

Step 1 – Preparation

Gather all the equipment you require to complete the task. Take into account all the surfaces that you intend to cover with granite paint and whether you will need to use a ladder to reach all of them. Inspect all the surfaces to determine their state of repair and the extent of cleaning and rectification work required.

Be aware that areas such as walkways will require more extensive cleaning than walls due to the nature of their use. Obtain the correct cleaning solution or use the correct method according to the material the surface is made from.

Plan the work so that you are able to undertake it on a clear dry day.   

Step 2 – Cleaning

Prepare the surface on which to apply the granite paint by thoroughly cleaning it with a pressure washer or bucket of soapy water and a scrubbing brush. After it has been cleaned, rinse it with clean water before allowing it to naturally dry. This process will put you in a position to notice any points where rectification is required. Use a putty knife to apply Spackle or filler to any small holes or defects. Allow it to dry in accordance with the instructions before proceeding.     

Step 3 – Mix and Test Paint

A separate supply of paint crystals can be obtained to add to granite paint in order to create a sparkling effect which is especially effective on outdoor surfaces. If you are unsure of whether you will like the result, test the paint first by itself on a scrap piece of cardboard or an inconspicuous section of a wall. Then mix a small amount of paint crystals with a small amount of the paint before testing it to see how it looks. If you are happy with the latter, you can pour the entire packet of crystals into the paint and stir it thoroughly before applying it.     

Step 4 – Technique

If you are applying the paint to several different surfaces, begin with walls before applying it to any paths or walkways. This will ensure that it can be left to dry without being disturbed which would be the case if walkways are painted first. Use masking tape along any edges that require protection, such as along guttering. Avoid using regular even strokes of the roller or applying the paint too thinly. Random patterns are best used when applying this type of paint to get a good result and it should be applied thicker than you would standard paint. The second coat should be applied with a brush and should also be done with random brushstrokes. Allow the paint to dry in accordance with the instructions, or at least 4 hours.