The answer is no; shotcrete will bond well to sandblasted reinforcing bar on overhead or vertical applications. Shotcrete, like conventionally placed concrete, can be placed over uncoated black bar or bar that is coated with rust inhibitors. In repair areas where there is heavy scale on the reinforcing bar and spalling of the concrete, the repair can sometimes include some sort of reinforcing bar treatment or inclusion of a rust inhibitor in the shotcrete mixture. It depends on the situation and the assessment of the design engineer as to what is necessary.