foundation painting

Old 06-17-03, 02:47 PM
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foundation painting

My inspector told me never to paint the cement block foundation on the house as it would "ruin the integrity" of the foundation... but after having a minor crack repaired and patched not only does it look bad, but my insurance agent is suggesting I paint so that it's not as obvious. Who is correct here and what is the procedure for doing this? I assume I clean, prime and paint... but I don't know what type of paint or how to clean it other than spraying it with a hose.

I have to have this done by Saturday, June 21 so I would appreciate any quick replies!
Old 06-17-03, 03:13 PM
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I cannot imagine how a coat of paint would affect the integrity of the foundation.

Clean it with bleach 25% in water with a dash of Tide. Spray it on, let it sit a couple of minutes, rinse well. Choose a primer for concrete block and a top quality latex exterior paint.

The cleaning solution is caustic and will kill plants and grass unless rinsed off right away. The mix will eat up your skin if trapped in a glove and left. Wear protective clothing and eyewear, as with the use of any chemical.

Hope this helps.

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