There are a number of problems relating to preparing or producing a concrete surface suitable for painting. This is a particularly difficult problem when the end result is required to look like a painted plaster. Most specifications seem to call for a made-good concrete finish. After the concrete has been painted the results are often disappointing and arguments arise between the parties involved as to why these problems have arisen and whose fault they are. This document reviews the problems and suggests approaches for achieving surfaces suitable for painting.
Published: January 2000. Reviewed October 2016
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