By Phillip Schmidt, Networx

"Cement paint" is one of the common names for a family of special paint coatings made for masonry and cement-based materials, including concrete, mortar (and brick), concrete block and stucco. Similar coatings may be called masonry paint or concrete paint. (For the record, cement is merely the binder in many masonry mixes; it's not synonymous with concrete or mortar.) When painting masonry around your house, the keys to success are using the right paint for the material, preparing the surface properly and applying the paint as directed (yes, you really do have to read the directions this time).