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HenryB
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Painting Concrete Pier new
      #5650685 - 01/29/13 04:26 PM

I have a concrete pier in my observatory and it sometimes sweats moisture. I was wondering if painting with drylock or something similar is an OK idea.

Bryan


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David81
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: HenryB]
      #5650801 - 01/29/13 05:37 PM

Are you sure it is sweating and not just dripping with condensation? If it's the latter, painting won't help much

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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: HenryB]
      #5650834 - 01/29/13 05:55 PM

Hi Byran, Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Glad to have you join us, especially in our little corner of Observatories!

Another member brings up a good point, as to whether your pier is sweating, or if it's condensation. Is anything else on the pier wet?


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Gastrol
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5650981 - 01/29/13 07:22 PM

I spray painted my concrete pier Celestron Orange.

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Alex McConahay
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Loc: Moreno Valley, CA
Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: David81]
      #5651081 - 01/29/13 08:16 PM

Andif it is the former----do you really want to seal that stuff in? And if you do, will the paint last? (Sorry, I am unfamiliar with sweaty concrete. I don't think we have it in southern California.)

Alex


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HenryB
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: David81]
      #5651671 - 01/30/13 06:45 AM

More moisture is on the pier after a rain so I suspect it is wicking up from underground. It does suffer from condensation as well but that is minor.

Bryan


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HunterofPhotons
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: HenryB]
      #5652231 - 01/30/13 12:34 PM

Quote:

More moisture is on the pier after a rain so I suspect it is wicking up from underground. It does suffer from condensation as well but that is minor.

Bryan




It's condensation.

dan k.


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HenryB
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: HunterofPhotons]
      #5652301 - 01/30/13 01:14 PM

I won't worry about it then. Thanks for the help.

Bryan


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Mike E.
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Reged: 01/26/10

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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: HenryB]
      #5652559 - 01/30/13 03:35 PM

If the paint starts peeling, scrape it off and use swimming pool paint.

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Spoonsize
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5653805 - 01/31/13 08:37 AM

Wrap it with indoor/outdoor carpet.

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Den Mama
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Re: Painting Concrete Pier [Re: Spoonsize]
      #5653984 - 01/31/13 10:08 AM

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Wrap it with indoor/outdoor carpet.




Depending on the location; couldn't this encourage mold growth, as the carpet would remain damp?


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