Paint for blocks ?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by xtreem3d, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know the title sounds crazy but i am building a tan wall out of Hampton blocks and want a chocolate row, as an accent, about 2 rows below the caps. Hampton doesn't come in a dark brown (chocolate) block so I thought I might paint a row but don't know what type of paint might work..anyone ever try or know?
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
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    oh mylanta..... dont paint them.

    use a concrete stain, you can get a warm chocolate look with little effort.

    i have acid stained many walls, pre cast parts, concrete, etc.

    call you local decorative concrete supply house.
     
  3. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was painter for 12 yrs & yes, do NOT paint. Paint will fail cuz it basically sits on surface, stain soaks into block. Sherwin Willliams has stains for concrete block, so check theat route also.
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  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    OK I'll check into the stain....wasn't sure because I see many old houses with painted blocks and bricks,
    Steve
     
  5. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    There is moisture behind a retaining wall & this would cause paint to fail. Look at some old basements that r painted.
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  6. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also Sherwin Williams can tint stain so they will need a piece of block to do tests on til they get the color ur lookin for.
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  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help
     
  8. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What about using a choclate block from Legacy? Kirchner/ Versa lok makes it and is a cheap version of the diamond block. They are 12" deep though so you'll have to watch your lines with the Hampton.
     
  9. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    STL...i'll look it up and see if it might work. it will need to be sraight face hopefully 6" tall. If you head out Hwy 40 west there is a red painted stone wall for a retirement home on the left close to the mason exit I think....that's why I asked about paint,
    Steve
     
  10. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Steve they come in straight face and are 6" blocks.
     

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