Tips for Painting Your Basement Walls.
Applying paint to your basement walls can prove somewhat challenging; however, following some simple tips could help homeowners avoid some common mistakes. Sufficient prep work is among the most important things which are sometimes overlooked. Waterproofing treatments work better when used before any paint or primer is applied. Applying 2 coats of quality primer will stop stains from coming back through the paint. Basements normally come with bad ventilation, so care must be taken to properly vent any paint fumes.
- Professionally painted basement walls start with a well prepped surface. Unpainted concrete will need more preparation than a finished drywall will. Start by cleaning the walls using soap and water, and chlorine bleach if it is necessary. Concrete walls must be vacuumed in order to remove any loose mortar or dust. Cracks need to be fixed before any waterproofing is used.
- Some waterproofing cannot be used over paint, so it is best to apply them on first. Apply the treatment using either a brush, roller, or sprayer, depending upon the manufacturer’s instruction. Don’t forget to cover floors and any furniture with a drop cloth. Let the treatment completely dry between each coat and before painting. Try putting in a fan to help speed up the drying process.
- Basement walls usually need a quality primer. A stain-blocking one could be called for if any severe water stains are visible. A minimum of 2 coats of primer must be applied for better results. A brush or roller works better on concrete walls. When walls are properly primed, they do not need so much topcoat paint.
- Basements beneath ground level are normally damp and often get condensation. A mildew-resistant paint must be used when painting basement walls. It is usually recommended to paint a border around frames, fixtures, and outlets and then fill in the bigger areas using a roller.
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