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How To Prepare Concrete Block For Paint » Page 1

1. Press a piece of masking tape onto the blocks in several places. Pull the tape away: If the tape doesn’t pull concrete away from the surface, it can be painted. If loose concrete comes away with the tape, all loose bits need to be scraped away with a wire brush.

 

2. Apply hydraulic cement in layers no more than ˝ thick until the patch is slightly higher than the surrounding area. Feather the patch until the edges are even with the surface. Let the patch dry according to manufacturer’s directions.

 

3. Evaluate the blocks, looking for holes and cracks. If you find any, use a masonry chisel or a bottle opener and a wire brush to remove any debris or dirt. Clean all dust and debris from the surface with a hand vacuum.

 

4. Clean the concrete blocks with a cleaner and degreaser (or etcher). Thoroughly rinse the blocks with water and then let them dry. Be sure to wear safety glasses and heavy-duty rubber gloves. Check the ventilation in the area, and put on a respirator if necessary.

 

 

 

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