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Old 11-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Painting cement block walls on the cheap ?

I figure I would ask here since you guys are always full of ideas, I own a larger shop in a 1980's building, the walls are cement block and were only painted half way up once upon a time. I would like to finish the job to give the shop a clean fresh look but since I do not own the building so Im looking for a "cheap" solution. Any ideas ? I have aprox 4000sq ft of bare cement block to cover.

You can see the wall in this picture.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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I think you should paint the whole wall...Then do a mural of "Pink Floyd The Wall." Wouldn't be cheap, but it would be cool....
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: Painting cement block walls on the cheap ?

My elementary school was all block. Everything had latex paint on it. Stood up to the k-6 I spent there.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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My elementary school was all block. Everything had latex paint on it. Stood up to the k-6 I spent there.
I was thinking latex too, 5 gallon pails from Homedepot, just wondering what others thought on the topic
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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I painted my 10,000 sq ft building with an airless sprayer and latex paint from big lots, family dollar. 6$ a gallon.its been 10 yrs still looks good.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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I haven't done mine yet, but I was looking at block sealer and then painting that. As I understand it the block sealer then saves on the actual paint so the block doesn't suck up a ton of paint.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #7
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Do you know anyone in the water tank/tower refurbishing business?
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #8
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Labor is going to be tough, working that high, unless you have rolling scaffold.
Spray would go a lot faster, if you have the equipment.
Bare block soaks up paint so you need a block filler first. If no spray, apply with a long nap roller cover.
If it was painted before I would worry about a dirty surface not allowing the finish coat to stick. Might power wash.
Just some thoughts.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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Thinking latex paint also but use semi or high gloss. It would be easier to clean if needed.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:09 PM   #10
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Labor is going to be tough, working that high, unless you have rolling scaffold.
Spray would go a lot faster, if you have the equipment.
Bare block soaks up paint so you need a block filler first. If no spray, apply with a long nap roller cover.
If it was painted before I would worry about a dirty surface not allowing the finish coat to stick. Might power wash.
Just some thoughts.
I'm not too worried about the labor, I was thinking doing it during the holidays when I close up shop and calling some friends up in exchange for some "shop time"
I have a forklift at the shop I'm sure I can figure out how to put it to good use.
I was thinking renting a spray gun from the rental store.
Power washing was in the plans aswell.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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Since you're going to have the lifts and tool boxes in there when you paint, pick up some plastic to cover stuff up. A trip to the local auto body supply store should net you a box like this.

http://www.autobodysupply.net/CAR637...p/car63770.htm

just a random internet search found that, but should be available locally to you
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as others have said, use block filler first, then topcoat if you want. block filler is fairly thick so if spraying you'll need an appropriate nozzle
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:55 PM   #13
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I used porch & floor paint in my block garage. It's high gloss, washable, and is designed for foot traffic so it holds up very well.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:09 PM   #14
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Everything had latex paint on it.
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our work walls are pretty tough
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Any latex paint will work.

Rent an airless sprayer, but you will have to clear everything out so that the over spray does not land on it. You may even want to tarp the floor.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:22 AM   #17
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Did you ask the owner of the building if you can do it. I would get his permission and make sure he knows exactly how your doing this. I own several buildings so I'm just looking out for the landlord.

If it was one of my buildings I would even discount your rent for doing this IF you did it correctly. Talk to your landlord.
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With all the equipment and supplies in hand, I might be tempted to spray the underside of the roof deck and bar joists, to lighten up the place. Drop cloths everywhere, of course.
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Only problem I see with spraying everything it is overspray. I wonder if its less work to roll major parts and just use sprayer for the tight spots. You usually have to roll or even out paint after spraying it anyway. I got a latex paint gun from Lowe's that works like reg paint gun went I painted my house. I rolled most of house and did cut in and around obects with gun.
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Use a weak solution of wallpaper paste to seal the block. When it's dry use the cheapest white emulsion you can find. It won't ever be perfect or as good as decent paint but it will be cheap and look a hell of a lot better than bare concrete.
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