Asked on Feb 18, 2020

How do I paint the basement?

RedcatcecMaura WhiteJanice


How to paint basement

11 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Feb 18, 2020

    Hello May,

    First find out if the basement has been Tanked, that means sealed from damp being allowed to seep in. If not, and you own the property, get prices to have it done.

    Otherwise, to answer your question - How! Use a Roller or better still use Paint Roller Pro, as advertised on TV. This is a quick clean and easy way to paint!

    You should start a the top - Ceiling first then walls and lastly the floor. It may seem obvious, but when starting the floor begin in the farthest corner and work towards the stairs or door to allow a clean escape............. Best wishes......

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Feb 18, 2020

    Are you meaning the floor? If you have concrete floors, here are some posts that can help you:

    on Feb 18, 2020

    What is on your basement walls now? Are you looking for the steps needed? Or supplies? Or help with color choice?

  • If you have concrete block walls, use masonry paint.

  • Em
    on Feb 18, 2020

    Is the room finished? Any latex is fine. If it is block use masonry paint. Sherwin Williams will dye it any color you want. Home Depot is very limited on colors for masonry paint. Concrete can use the same paint.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Feb 18, 2020

    Hello could you possibly post a photograph to better see your basement situation and area of concern?

    Having a visual might be helpful to be able to offer the best guidance a help find the best suggestions or potential solution for your basement painting project. For example in my laundry room in the basement I used to priming painter to paint some of the plumbing pipes and even some covers to have a disappear into the wall seeing your situation will give us the best idea how to offer suggestions.

  • Cindy
    on Feb 19, 2020

    Hi May. To paint your basement walls, you'll need a concrete primer and water resistant paint. Before you do any painting, clean the walls with a damp cloth and remove any mildew stains with bleach and warm water. Then apply one coat of primer followed by 2 coats of paint, letting the walls dry in between coats.

  • Janice
    on Feb 19, 2020

    Hi May, if your basement has been sheet rocked, you can use regular latex paint. If they are concrete with no dry wall, you may want to discuss this with a paint pro at a paint store or department. There specialty paints for use to block moisture and that might be a good idea for you. Most any paint can be customized to whatever color pleases you.

  • Maura White
    on Feb 20, 2020

    Is it a finished basement or do you want to paint the cement blocks?

  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 21, 2020

    It would depend on if you have a finished basement or cement blocks.

    If the walls are concrete, this is a good link:

    If you have a sheet rock basement use a latex paint.

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