prep and painting cement block in basement bathroom


Old 02-28-04, 09:20 AM
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Question prep and painting cement block in basement bathroom

My basement bathroom is an ugly green, other than washing the walls, i have cement from holes plugged (not well) from a previous termite treatment, how can I sand? these down so they are even with the rest of the wall.

Also is there any other prep work I should do I don't know if its oil or latex paint, and what should type of paint should I use.

Thanks for any help
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Old 02-28-04, 10:20 AM
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Sand them down with 40 grit sandpaper or even a wirebrush, depending on what was used to patch with.

To find out if they are oil or latex, dip a cotton ball or rag into some denatured alcohol. Rub it on the surface. If the paint color comes of onto the rag, its latex. It the paint surface stays hard and doesn't come off, itr oil. Whichever one you have now, I'd stick with that system for the new paint.

Scrape off anything peeling, patch or sand anything rough, wash the walls thoroughly with TSP or equivalent, let dry, and paint.
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