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WorkOnIt 06-30-2007 09:23 PM

Foundation Painting
I am in the process of residing our house and the color we chose for the siding does not match the existing foundation paint job. I would like to paint to foundation white to match our trip. The existing color is like a peach, and the old siding was yellow (mustardy).

Anyway, I plan on cleaing the existing foundation with a concrete\mason cleaner. The prime and paint...

My questions are:
  1. I want to use a high-end primer and paint and any suggestions are welcome.
  2. Is the technique the same as any other paint job, cut in, then roll.
Any advice would be most helpful...

Thanks -- WorkOnIt

poppameth 07-01-2007 10:04 AM

Prime with a 100% acrylic primer. Zinsser 1-2-3 is a good choice, but whichever brand of paint you choose probably has a similar product. I sell Pratt & Lambert and they have one called 100% Acrylic Primer (original isn't it?) that works just as well as Zinsser but has a bit more body and costs a few dollars less a gallon. Topcoat with a good acrylic paint. RedSeal is what I'd recommend from P&L. Accolade is their top of the line but a bit overboard for a foundation IMO. Someone more familiar with Sherwin Williams and Ben Moore can probably give you a better idea of which of their product lines to look at. Stay away from box stores like Lowes and HD for paint. As for actually painting, yes it's just like anything else. Cut in and roll, though you will probably need a longer nap roller, if it's rough block. 1/2" to 3/4" Wooster Super Fab for flats, or Pro-DooZ for anything shinier. If you can find one Wooster also makes a shaggy white cover called a Polar Bear that works extremely well on block ( but not much else).

WorkOnIt 07-01-2007 09:07 PM

Thanks Poppameth...

I was just not sure if there was specific type of paint for block. Something that will hold up under the harsh conditions of the Northeast. In addition, soemthing that is fairly acceptable to cleaning. Nothing like getting dirt splashed on the block after a late day thunderstorm we have this time of year...

Thanks Again

slickshift 07-01-2007 09:35 PM

Not really a special

Although for a highly scrubable and tough, durable paint, I use a Porch & Floor Enamel
Concrete, wood, drywall...inside outside...anywhere I need tough as nails and cleanable
Don't recall using it on a foundation off-hand, but I would (after proper prep and prime)
I use Ben Moore's (called Porch & Floor Enamel) but I'm sure the other quality paintco's have them too

WorkOnIt 07-02-2007 03:45 PM

Thanks Slick -- I have a Ben Moore dealer around the corner from my work...


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