Whilst granite is available in a variety of colours, sometimes it is necessary to ‘colour’ it using paints so that it matches a particular theme or décor you are trying to achieve. To ensure that the colour you have chosen lasts as long as the stone, you must ensure that you choose a paint that is resistant to weather and ultraviolet light.
Step 1: Thoroughly clean the surface of the granite using a neutral pH balanced cleaner. Wipe it away using a microfiber cloth, then leave the whole area to dry for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 2: Purchase a bottle of stone paint in a colour of your choice; this should be available at most hardware and home improvement stores. Then, dilute half a bottle of paint with half a bottle of an appropriate solvent.
Step 3: Using a large paintbrush, apply the diluted solutionto the surface of the granite. Make sure that you use light brush strokes, as this will ensure that the liquid adheres to the surface of the stone without issue.
If you would prefer, many paints are also available in aerosol cans so that you can simply spray it onto the surface. You will, however, need to make sure that the solvent has been added.
Step 4: Leave the area to dry for around 20 minutes. Then, give the granite a quick clean with the microfiber cloth to ensure that the surface hasn’t picked up any airborne debris, such as dust.
Step 5: Apply a second layer of undiluted paint to the stone. Leave the area to dry for around 30 minutes before applying a third, and final, layer of the undiluted solution and leaving to dry.
If you come across the need to paint your granite, make sure that you choose a paint that will stand the test of time and then apply it appropriate to the surface, otherwise you will find yourself needing to repeat the process every few years to ensure adequate protection. By sealing the whole area once you are finished, you will find that it lasts much longer.