Painting Patio Slabs: Tips & Tricks for a Good Job

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Painting Your Patio Slabs, Top Tips!

If you have a boring concrete patio, and you wish it had some more personality, then painting your patio is your answer. Painting patios have become popular in recent years because of the potential to completely transform an outdoor space. This guide will help you learn how to paint patios for a job well done.

From getting the right supplies to choosing the best paint colours, this blog post will teach you all that you need to know.

Get the right supplies

Before you can start painting your patio slabs, there are a few things that you must gather. You will need to purchase items such as:

You might also need to purchase a material like Terracotta or cement paint to blend the new colours in with your old patio. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then make sure you’re aware of any precautions about using different types of paints before purchasing it.

Choose your patio paint colour

Choosing the right paint colours can be the most daunting part of painting patios. Understandably, you want to choose a colour that suits your style and compliments your home’s exterior.

The great thing is there are so many different ways to create a cohesive look with your patios, no matter what kind of colours you want.

The truth is, there are endless options for patios and their corresponding colours. If you’re looking for traditional-looking patios, then you might want to stick with a more muted colour palette that includes shades of light browns and greys.

If you’re looking for more modern or contemporary patio slabs, then you’ll have much more freedom in terms of colour selection. For example, bright yellows or turquoises would be perfect for this type of patio slab design as they bring lots of light into the space.

Choosing the right paint colours can be very overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. But by following this blog post’s advice on choosing the best paint colours, you will have all the help you need to get started!

Gather any tools that you’ll need

Before you start painting, you’ll want to gather any tools that you’ll need. Some may require a bit of preparation beforehand. For example, if you want to paint your patio slabs with an outdoor latex paint, then you will need a paint brush (a good quality brush). If the paint is peeling or chipping off of the patio slabs, then the surface needs to be primed and sanded before painting. Once these preparations are complete, it’s time to get started on painting the patio slabs!

Prep your patio for painting

You want to make sure you prep your patio before painting. You want to ensure the concrete is clean and free of any dirt, debris, or oil. If there are any loose pieces of concrete, you want to remove them before you start painting. If there’s oil on the surface, it will ruin your paint job and cause a streaky finish. Apply a skim coat over any cracks in the concrete and let it dry overnight.


Before you can paint anything, it’s important to clean the surface. One of the most common mistakes that people make when they are painting patio slabs is not cleaning them before they start. If you don’t properly clean your patio slabs before painting them, then the paint will just peel right off.

Buy a 4L bottle of Barrettine Driveway and Patio Cleaner

To ensure that your patio slabs are properly cleaned and ready for painting, use a pressure washer to blast away any dirt or grime on the surface. You can also try scrubbing them with a heavy duty grit pad if you want to get all of the dirt off.


Before you start painting your patio slabs, make sure that it’s in good condition. This means that you will need to sand them first. You will want to use a coarse grit sand paper to get rid of any cracks or chips in the surface. If there are any sharp edges or corners, then you will need to use a hand sander for those specific areas. Once you’ve completed the prepping process, you can move on to choosing paint colours and supplies.


One of the most popular ways to paint patios is with staining. Staining is a great way to get the finish you want without paying for the cost of expensive materials.

To stain your patio slabs, all you need is an oil-based sealer, decking cleaner, a brush, and a roller. In order to give your patio slabs that rich colour, you’ll need to use dark colours or light colours depending on your preference. Make sure that you cover the whole slab with sealant and let it dry before applying the paint.


One of the most important details for painting patio slabs is applying a  sealant. It’s necessary to prepare your patio slab in order to paint it. The best way to do that is with our own Palatine Patio Sealant.

A  sealant will fill in any imperfections and make the surface smooth, which is essential for painting, this also allows you to choose any colour you want without worrying about chipping or peeling paint as your patio slabs are sealed.

Our sealant is touch dry in only 4 hours!

Patio Paint Conclusion

We hope that this guide has helped you understand the basics on painting your patio slabs. Preparation and cleaning is the key to give you a perfect finish.

Palatine Paints have been manufacturing paints for over 75 years and have a dedicated technical and sales team to answer any questions you may have, about any number of our product ranges.

If you have any questions on the products we’ve listed here, our dedicated sales and/or technical team are here to help.

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