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    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 25th May 19, 3:44 PM
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    Can I renovate paving slabs?
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    • 25th May 19, 3:44 PM
    Can I renovate paving slabs? 25th May 19 at 3:44 PM
    The paving slabs outside my back door look awful. They're years old but none of them are loose. The surface has gone from them and you can only see remnants of the colours. I can't afford to have all the slabs taken up and renewed. Is there any way of making them look better?
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    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 25th May 19, 3:58 PM
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    Have you tried to pressure wash them? Often works well. Try that first. It will certainly improve things. Then re sand between the joins.

    Someone who knows more than I do about these things might have more ideas though.
    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 25th May 19, 5:08 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 5:08 PM
    The actual surface has gone off the slabs. There are bits of colour left but I need something to coat them with.
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    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 25th May 19, 5:13 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 5:13 PM
    Clean them, as has been said with a pressure washer, and then google block paver paint or similar

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    remember you'll have less joy in your life


    ...but still have the same amount of snow!
    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 25th May 19, 5:44 PM
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    These are the slabs I want to renovate. I will clean them before painting/resurfacing.
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    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 25th May 19, 5:58 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 5:58 PM
    These are the slabs I want to renovate. I will clean them before painting/resurfacing.
    Originally posted by mrsyardbroom
    They don't look too bad at all. (better than mine at the minute!). A good pressure wash will reveal the colours again.
    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 25th May 19, 5:59 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 5:59 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 5:59 PM
    I'll go to the paint recycling shop and see what they've got.
    If you haven't heard of paint recycling it's a great way to save money. Lots of people only use a bit of a tin of paint and then leave it lying around. Community Repaint is a scheme that recycles all this old paint by selling it people who will use it. It only costs around 2 a litre. I bought 5 litres of unopened vinyl silk paint recently for 10 and a a litre of white gloss for 2.
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    • By kazwookie 25th May 19, 6:29 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 6:29 PM
    1. Power wash them first.
    2. How many are there in total? look on FB or similar to see if anyone is giving away FOC the number you need if you want to replace them, then get someone to help you lift the old ones and relay with the FOC ones.
    3. If you paint them make sure it is non slip paint, as if it is the wrong paint and they get wet (rain / snow) they will be slippery and you could fall over when walking on them, as I found out to my cost some years ago and ended up with a broken wrist.
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    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 25th May 19, 7:01 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 7:01 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 7:01 PM
    Thanks. I don't want to relay the slabs but I'll get anti slip paint.
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    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 25th May 19, 8:40 PM
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    Thanks. I don't want to relay the slabs but I'll get anti slip paint.
    Originally posted by mrsyardbroom
    Masonry paint might possibly work.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • DorsetLad
    • By DorsetLad 25th May 19, 9:19 PM
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    Are you sure the "surface has gone"? All the slabs I've used don't have a separate surface as such; instead the concrete is the same colour all the way through. Your slabs look to me to be a mix of cream and grey slabs that are mostly now covered with lichen. As suggested above, first try a pressure sprayer to get rid of the lichen. You may be surprised at the brightness of the colours that are revealed. Our patio slabs become uniformly dirty grey by the end of each winter, but pressure spraying then returns them to the original mix of cream and red.

    I wouldn't recommend painting them. In my opinion the paint will wear off quite quickly and they could then look even worse.
    • savemoney
    • By savemoney 25th May 19, 9:54 PM
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    I would first try a pressure washer. if that doesn't work you can get colours dont know how good this product is https://www.paintpeople.co.uk/products/seal-n-tint?variant=47806784212


    or this


    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smartseal-Sealer-Colour-Imprinted-Concrete/dp/B078TCW5VQ


    You can also get chemical cleaners that are very good like patio magic they work after a few days usage. Also good on fences too to remove algae
    Last edited by savemoney; 25-05-2019 at 9:59 PM.
    • a.turner
    • By a.turner 25th May 19, 11:26 PM
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    Masonry paint might possibly work.
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    No it won't.
    • MX5huggy
    • By MX5huggy 26th May 19, 7:43 AM
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    Clean them with Sodium Hydrochloride, patio cleaner 15% plus strength.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 26th May 19, 7:58 AM
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    I would jetwash first then review if chemicals are needed and another jetwash.

    It can be a messy job and might need the rotary needle jet(dirt blaster nozzle).

    Splash guards help.

    A patio/deck cleaner attachments probably not up to the job.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_026158bhQ

    other brands are available
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 26th May 19, 8:54 AM
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    No it won't.
    Originally posted by a.turner
    I agree, but the OP seems absolutely dead set on painting the slabs, and masonry paint will work much better than anything else she's likely to find at the paint recycling shop.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 26th May 19, 9:31 AM
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    Don’t paint them. It will look awful. Pressure wash them as advised but if the lichen is bad the pressure washer won’t touch it as it will be ingrained. You’ll need chemicals (patio magic won’t cut it either - it will get rid of algae and general dirt but not black lichen).
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