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What’s the best way to prevent corrosion of reinforcing bar in concrete?

Question posted December 10 to December 14, 2018


What is the proper surface preparation for stainless steel before coating to resist a salt-laden atmosphere?

Question posted December 3 to December 7, 2018


What are the most effective procedures for protecting steel and adjacent concrete?

Question posted October 22 to October 26, 2018


What must specifiers consider when selecting and using sealants and grouts to fill gaps and seal concrete structures?

Question posted September 24 to September 28, 2018


How do you determine whether a lead-bearing coating can be overcoated or removed and replaced?

Question posted September 7 to September 14, 2018


How can I determine the cleanliness of stainless steel for painting after blast cleaning?

Question posted July 23 to July 27, 2018


We need to paint our publicly owned lighthouse. What should I include in the specifications for this bid regarding surface preparation, coating systems, and other considerations?

Question posted July 16 to July 20, 2018


How do I get permanently get rid of efflorescence on clay brick?

Question posted June 4 to June 8, 2018


What’s the best way to protect a masonry wall from freeze/thaw cycling?

Question posted April 30 to May 4, 2018


What’s the best way to protect porous masonry from graffiti?

Question posted April 23 to April 27, 2018


What is the best way to protect an exposed concrete foundation?

Question posted April 2 to April 6, 2018


Can efflorescence be removed from integrally colored CMU without damaging the appearance? How?

Question posted February 12 to February 16, 2018


How can you determine the moisture content of a concrete block (CMU) wall, and how can you judge when the moisture level is sufficiently low to paint?

Question posted January 8 to January 12, 2018


What should be considered in replacing a wooden deck with one made of concrete, in terms of the options for appearance, color, cost?

Question posted September 18 to September 22, 2017


How do I deal with the small cracks and fractures that occur along the edges and corners of the stone imprints in some of my stamped concrete work?

Question posted September 5 to September 8, 2017


How do you keep sealants in control joints from cracking or separating from the substrate?

Question posted August 14 to August 18, 2017


What is the best way to remove graffiti from the surface of historic stone masonry on a church while preserving the appearance properties of the substrate?

Question posted November 13 to November 19, 2016


How do you strip paint from a cementitious substrate if you can’t alter the surface texture?

Question posted August 2 to August 8, 2015


How many times can a building be repainted before the paint becomes too thick to perform properly?

Question posted July 27 to August 2, 2015


We need to paint our publicly owned lighthouse. What should I include in the specifications for this bid regarding surface preparation, coating systems, and other considerations?

Question posted January 26 to January 30, 2015


What is the best way to prevent tropical hardwood deck lumber like ironwood from developing a gray patina in sunlight?

Question posted November 17 to November 28, 2014


What is the best way to remove graffiti from the surface of historic stone masonry on a church while preserving the appearance properties of the substrate?

Question posted July 7 to July 20, 2014


How do you repair delaminated areas of an elastomeric polyurea when the majority of the coating system is intact?

Question posted June 23 to June 27, 2014


What kind of surface preparation is most effective and economical before recoating aluminum window frames on a large office building? The original baked-on fluoropolymer has lost most of its gloss.

Question posted June 9 to June 13, 2014


What are the alternatives for removing mildew from uncoated concrete block exteriors before coating?

Question posted May 26 to May 30, 2014


What are the most important recommendations for successful field application of reflective coatings to aging single-ply roofs?

Question posted May 19 to May 23, 2014


What is the best way to prepare a horizontal concrete surface for successful application of an acid stain?

Question posted May 12 to May 16, 2014


What is the best method for removing fluorescent orange spray graffiti from a brick wall?

Question posted May 5 to May 9, 2014


What type of material should I use to achieve bright, bold colors on a concrete floor that gets heavy foot traffic?

Question posted March 31 to April 4, 2014


What should be considered in replacing a wooden deck with one made of concrete, in terms of the options for appearance, color and cost?

Question posted March 17 to March 21, 2014


How do I get permanently get rid of efflorescence on clay brick?

Question posted February 24 to February 28, 2014


What causes concrete “dusting,” and is there any way to prevent or remove it?

Question posted February 17 to February 21, 2014


We’re converting a grocery store to a motorcycle dealership. Should we polish the concrete floor or coat it? The concrete seems in fair shape, from what we can see under the dried mastic where the old vinyl tiles have been removed.

Question posted January 27 to January 31, 2014


What’s the best way to protect porous masonry from graffiti?

Question posted January 2 to January 12, 2014


How do I clean off mortar smears that were allowed to cure for six months on a new architectural block building?

Question posted December 9 to December 13, 2013


How do I deal with the small cracks and fractures that occur along the edges and corners of the stone imprints in some of my stamped concrete work?

Question posted November 4 to November 8, 2013


How do I prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?

Question posted October 21 to October 25, 2013


How do you keep sealants in control joints from cracking or separating from the substrate?

Question posted November 26 to December 2, 2012


How many times can a building be repainted before the paint becomes too thick to perform properly?

Question posted November 17 to November 25, 2012


How do you strip paint from a cementitious substrate if you can’t alter the surface texture?

Question posted November 12 to November 18, 2012


Can efflorescence be removed from integrally colored CMU without damaging the appearance? How?

Question posted November 5 to November 11, 2012


What is the best way to remove graffiti from the surface of historic stone masonry on a church while preserving the appearance properties of the substrate?

Question posted February 7 to February 13, 2011


   
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