While cement blocks on a patio are extremely practical, they can also be pretty boring. Make a statement and paint them in bright colours – ready for a fiesta!

Materials you will need:

  • hydrochloric acid
  • Dulux Exterior Matt PVA in the colours of your choice
  • exterior sealant (optional)
  • steel brush
  • protective gloves
  • sponge roller
  • paint tray
  • mixing bowl
  • Drill and a small drill bit for pilot holes.

Step 1

Acid etch the surface with a solution of hydrochloric acid to remove laitance, or treat uncured cement as follows: dilute one part hydrochloric acid with two parts water, and scrub with a steel brush; more than one application may be necessary to achieve a paintable surface. Don’t forget to wear protective gloves.

Step 2

Paint the blocks with a sponge roller and PVA in the colours of your choice. Apply two coats, allowing sufficient drying time in-between.

Top Tip

Don’t paint all the blocks; rather create a checkerboard effect by painting alternate pavers in black and white, or play with a variety of colours to add a fun element to a kiddies’ play area.


Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine

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