Colour block­ing: let’s play!

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Mar­gaux Tait and Ger­marie Bruwer • Pho­to­graphs Char­lene Schreuder and Mar­gaux Tait

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!

Here’s how...

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.

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. 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.

IM­POR­TANT This treat­ment is only suit­able for a low-traf­fic area. To ex­tend the longevity of the paint, seal the blocks with a clear ex­te­rior sealant such as New Spec­tra Paints’ Stiro Bond­ing Sealer af­ter they’ve dried thor­oughly. How­ever, this will make the blocks more slip­pery when wet.

Shop­ping list • hy­drochlo­ric acid • Du­lux Ex­te­rior Matt PVA in the colours of your choice • ex­te­rior sealant (op­tional) Tools • steel brush • protective gloves • sponge roller • paint tray • mix­ing bowl

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