Cement Wall Painting?

Old 12-10-04, 09:12 AM
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Question Cement Wall Painting?

A couple of weeks ago my friend and I began completion of one of my basement rooms. He said to do it on the "cheap" all we have to do is mud and paint the one wall where there is a slope of the concrete wall.
I have hung all the sheetrock and used joint tape and mud to connect to the mason walls. After further reading I became mildly alarmed at problems and solotions of concrete walls in basements.
Firstly, I have no leaks. Secondly, I did apply a concrete sealant before applying mud to the walls.
My questions are, what are the drawbacks other than eye-appeal to what I am doing? Would it be okay to go back later and frame up a wall (top-bottom) when my finances permit me to?
Old 12-12-04, 04:54 AM
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When you say "Do it cheap and MUD the wall and paint" are you referring to drywall MUD? This is not made as a sealer so you would be wasting time and money. If you have no leaks you could just paint it with masonary paint and finish it to your liking when finances are better. You might want to try taping a 12" square of aluminum foil to the wall (make sure the edges are well sealed) an let it sit for a couple days. When you remove it, if it's wet on the wall side you have moisture in the wall. If wet on the basement side, you have condensation problems. Good luck.

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