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dave11 04-25-2010 11:34 AM

Painting a pitted concete surface
I've started painting the interior bare concrete block walls of a large garage, with 600 SF of wall space. The blocks are heavy and hard, made around 1950. Each block has 50-100 pits on its surface, varying from pinhole to the size of a large nail hole. This appears to be the way the blocks were made.

I painted a test patch. Two coats of quality block filler, applied with a 1.25 inch nap roller, covered only some of the holes. A coat of paint put on with the same roller covered a few more, but the pits, even when paint has gotten into them, cast shadows that look like black spots across the surface of each block. I think many are just too wide and too deep for the block filler to work.

I tried spraying with an HVLP which didn't really help.

Applying paint with a thick brush does the best job at covering the pits, but I'm not anxious to paint 600 SF, both primer and paint, with a brush.

Any ideas?


Shamus 04-25-2010 01:02 PM

Having experienced that a time or two, I chose to go with a skim coat of mortar to fill all the holes. Then it was easy to spray with an airless.

dave11 04-25-2010 06:29 PM

I guess I associate mortar with softness. Did you mean a skim coat of concrete?

Either way, it sounds like a lot of effort and money for just my garage. If there's no other trick to try, I guess I'll just live with the pitting.

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