How to paint Faux boulders on a Patio

How to paint Faux boulders on a Patio

Your everyday concrete terrace can be turned into a seductive masterpiece of colour, contrast and art when you are sparring with masonry or real paint. We do not talk about a ho-hum shade of gray and the slathering on top of the concrete. No. We talk about how to paint faux boulders on a patio. The contrasting colour around the blocks will be the original concrete hue, so much fun with virtually any colour you can call or use a variety of different. A few supplies, extensive drying time and several steps are all you need to paint faux boulders on a patio.

Instructions paint Faux boulders on a Patio


  1. Sweep and clean the area to be painted. Do a general sweep with an industrial broom and rinse the field with a snake. Scrape each caked on, baked on or crudded of dirt, chewing gum and other grime with a razor blade. Use a floor cleaner and mop for each especially dirty areas. Rinse clean again until the water runs clear. Let dry thoroughly.
  2. Paste the masonry sealer. With a roller, a single application, even from the fur of the masonry sealer to the patio. Make sure to round the edges and between cracks if you plan to use the paint on the breaks. Masonry sealers are also known as concrete seal hunters and ensure that the paint will stick. Otherwise, the peel can be straight out of concrete, especially concrete that's outside in the elements.
  3. Let the sealer dry for eight hours and wipe the patio again. After two hours you will be able to walk over it or have dogs run across it, but it is somewhat gummy to the touch. After drying, sweep the patio again to remove all leaves, dog paw prints and other things that may have gathered on the patio and tried to stick to the sealer.
  4. Use the painter's adhesive tape to map the contours of your boulders. Take a strip of tape at a time, giving an overview for your stones. Painter-masking tape, sold in the paint aisle of hardware and home stores, is more durable for painting and sticks better than regular adhesive tape. The blue variety has shown to be a quality band that works well for this project. Keep applying strips of tape until your boulders are described over the entire patio. Use a razor blade to cut the edges of the strap so that they leave tight lines. Take a clean roller and roll over all the tape to make sure that it is securely stuck to the concrete.
  5. Paint the concrete. A thin layer, all in one direction, of the application across the entire patio. It is OK if some of the species still show up in small areas, as you will request a second coat. Make sure both jackets are evenly distributed with no large globs of paint that are prone to exfoliate.
  6. Allow for two hours of drying and apply a second layer. A second, thin coat of paint, this time Kris scratch in the opposite direction you painted in initially apply.
  7. Wait at least another two hours, more if the concrete is in direct sunlight or it is unusually hot, then carefully pull out the tape. If the paint starts to come with the tape, allow a more extended drying period and touch up each paint pulled-out with a small brush.

Tips & Warnings How to Paint

Have patience. This paint job may take years if just done. If not done correctly, you can do yourself to find touch-ups almost immediately. Check the weather forecast. The entire project is best completed without rain. Black paint looks strikingly impressive in this pattern on the patio, but remember black colour will also be broiling hot, absorbing more heat than the lighter shades, after an afternoon in the sun. 

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