How to Apply Bitumen Paint

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Bitumen is known for its difficulty to remove, making it that more important to get it done right the first time. So, if you’re debating how to apply bitumen paint efficiently, our expert guide is here to help.


What You Will Need

  • Bitumen paint
  • Broom and tough sponge
  • Paint stripper
  • Paintbrushes/roller and tray
  • Pressure washer
  • Primer and topcoat
  • Protective gear
    • Coveralls
    • Gloves
    • Eyewear
    • Hard-wearing shoes
    • Mask
  • Sanding belt
  • Scraper/wire brush
  • Tarp (or thick blanket/spare sheet)

How to Apply Bitumen Paint

Applying bitumen paint is easy with these simple steps. While they may not all be applicable to you, we recommend reading the instructions in-depth before painting. This includes the equipment you will need, application steps, cleaning and precautions.


1. Preparation

1. Remove furniture from and around the plaint-splatter zone
2. Place your cover on the areas you want to protect
3. Put on the PPE
4. Using your broom, brush away any loose leaves, dirt and debris
5. Pressure wash the painting are
6. Scrub away tough dirt, debris and stains
7. Apply one coat of paint stripper using a paint brush or roller (if applicable)
8. Wait for 30 minutes (24 for best results)
9. Remove the old paint using a scraper or wire brush
10. Use a wire brush to remove rust (if applicable)
11. Sand the surface until it is smooth

    2. Priming


    1. Stir the primer well
    2. Pour the primer into the tray or floor
    3. Paint directly onto the object or roll it on the floor
    4. Wait for 30 minutes (24 for best results)
    5. Clean the tools and equipment

    3. Application


    1. Stir the bitumen paint well
    2. Pour a small amount into the tray or onto the floor
    3. Paint directly onto the object or roll it on the floor
    4. Wait for 4 hours before applying the next coat (24 for best results)
    5. Repeat steps 1-3
    6. Wait for 4 hours (24 for best results)
    7. Clean the tools and equipment

    4. Topcoat

    1. Stir the topcoat well
    2. Pour the topcoat into the tray or onto the floor
    3. Paint directly onto the object or roll it on the floor
    4. Wait for 6 hours to dry (24 for best results)

    5. Cleaning

    1. Clean the tools and equipment with acetone
    2. Submerge in boiling water (if the paint didn’t fall off)
    3. Wait up to 5 minutes for the paint to bubble
    4. Remove tools and equipment
    5. Repeat until the paint falls off

    Precautions to Consider

    • You may not need a primer or topcoat
    • You might require three or four coats of bitumen paint
    • The bitumen paint may not be suitable for indoor use, ponds or pools
    • Do not paint when too hot
    • Do not paint when wet
    • Patch-test the colour first

    Applying Bitumen Paint Is Easy with TA Paints’ Products

    Now you know how to apply bitumen paint, it’s time to buy it (if you haven’t already). We manufacture and supply premium bitumen paint with excellent waterproofing capabilities. Our products are suitable for a variety of applications and materials, and dries in just four hours.

    When you buy from TA Paints, you can benefit from bulk-buy discounts, nationwide delivery and a fast lead-time. Simply browse our selection of bitumen paint to find the perfect product or contact us with any questions.