How To Paint Asphalt Games

Difficulty: Easy  |  Estimated time: 2 hours  |  Help needed: 5 volunteers

Bright games painted on a cement or asphalt surface are a welcome addition to any playground! Use the suggested patterns attached here, or think back to your own childhood to come up with possible games! Note: Your site will obviously have to have a bare cement or asphalt surface on which you can paint, and where children can play safely.

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Materials and tools

Quantity: Materials:
Adjust as needed 9" roller, pad, and tray
Adjust as needed 4" roller, pad, and tray
Adjust as needed Assorted art brushes
Adjust as needed Concrete or asphalt primer
Adjust as needed Roller extensions
Adjust as needed Porch and floor paint
Adjust as needed Duct tape
Adjust as needed 1 ½" painter's tape
Adjust as needed Paint cups
Adjust as needed Latex gloves
Adjust as needed Paint can opener
Adjust as needed Stirring sticks
Adjust as needed Caution tape
Adjust as needed Non-skid additive (optional)
Tools needed:
Pressure washer/hose
Push broom
Measuring tape
Pencil/chalk

Preparation instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Wash the entire area with a pressure washer or hose with a high powered nozzle. Then sweep the area and let it dry completely.

  3. Prime the entire area using a clear concrete or asphalt primer and rollers with extension.


    Additional notes about working with Concrete Primer:

    • Wear appropriate eye, skin and apparel protection when applying primer.
    • Take care when applying primer because some surfaces may appear slightly darker after the application.
    • Completely strip all coatings prior to use.
    • Do not over apply or allow product to puddle. Remove any puddles by spreading product to drier areas or by wiping up excess with a clean cloth.
    • On vertical surfaces apply using an airless sprayer or brush
    • Initial foaming may be observed but will disappear upon drying.
    • For touch-ups where surface coatings have failed, completely remove any loose or peeling paint by scraping, wire brushing or grinding.
    • New concrete must cure for a minimum of 30 days prior to priming.
    • Primer dries to the touch in 2 to 4 hours at 77°F and 50% humidity.
    • Additional drying time is needed in cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

Build instructions

  1. Begin by brainstorming which Asphalt Game(s) you would like to do. Draw your ideas on scrap paper before you start.

  2. If you have not yet done so, prime the area with either asphalt or concrete primer.

  3. Outline your game with measuring tape, chalk, pencils, and/or tape.

  4. You may want to add a no-skid additive to prevent the painted area from being slippery when wet.

  5. Fill in colors first, and then go back after it’s dry to add outlines and touch up any edges.

  6. Place caution tape around the painted area so no one walks through your masterpiece!