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Old 09-24-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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I'm looking to paint my house foundation. The foundation is not cinder block, but more of a decorative mason block. First, is it necessary to prime it first. Currently the color is a blue/gray and I want to change it to a brown. Second any recommendations on paint brands for the primer and/or paint. I would also like there to be a bit of a shine to it so would a satin be enough?
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I would prime with Loxon masonry primer from Sherwin Williams, Loxon is specifically designed for all masonry surfaces, then you can apply a premium 100% acrylic paint, in a color and sheen of your choice, such as SuperPaint From Sherwin Williams, a satin sheen would be fine

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I probably do not need to say this but make sure and clean thoroughly and kill any moss, algae, mold, etc. first.

It's been awhile since I used a masonry primer. The one mentioned seems familiar. I know I got whatever at Sherwin Williams. I do remember that what I used for the interior of a basement gave off alcohol fumes so be sure you have ventilation if you are painting inside.
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I agree with the masonry primer unless it has already been painted and is a sound surface, then straight latex paint will be fine.
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