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This may be a case of the tail wagging the dog. You probably don't want the concrete PH to go down to 10. Reportedly, once PH goes below about 11.5, concrete loses its ability to protect reinforcing steel by passivation. You would have to go to stainless steel rebar ($$$) or other techniques.

Find a painting contractor who knows how to work with concrete.

Jay Shilstone

At 10:30 AM 5/25/2007, you wrote:
A ready mix supplier as submitted a tilt-up concrete mix that will provide a PH of about 12.5 to 13.
The painting sub-contractor will not warranty his work for a PH above 10.
Any suggestions from the tilt-up experts out there as to what admixtures or cementitious substitutes could be used to reduce the mix PH or a paint product that is not susceptible to concrete PH above 10?
D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB
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