Painting unfinished basement ceiling

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Old 03-22-07, 07:44 AM
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Question Painting unfinished basement ceiling

We are in the process of finishing our basement (semi-finishing). We are going to drywall the walls but leave the ceiling unfinished. We were thinking of spray painting the ceiling a dark gray or black. We have a few low support beams and duct work with an already low ceiling so we would prefer to not drywall or put up ceiling tiles in order to prevent it feeling even lower. Possibly giving it a open, modern loft look?

Does anyone have any advice, tips or photos you can share about spray painting an unfinished basement ceiling???
 
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When a slick ceiling isn't feasable or wanted, painting an open ceiling a dark color is a nice alternative. The dark color will negate any of the cracks or shadows that would be apparent with lighter colors.

Whenever spraying in a home be sure to cover up everything well! Including a barrier to prevent the overspray from drifting up into the rest of the house.
 
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Not my style (so not my area of expertise), but I hear flat black paint as being the most common color choice for this.
 
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barrier to prevent the overspray

Thanks for the info! How would you set up the barrier to prevent the overspray going up into the rest of the house? That is one of our concerns- fumes, etc going upstairs. Do they make a paint that is better than others for this type of project? Or a certain type of professional paint sprayer?
 
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Keeping the overspray contained can be a difficult job. If there is a door that can be closed - stuff rags [or whatever] under the door and keep it shut. Or you can put up a piece of plastic at the stairwell. You also need to keep any HVAC duct work closed in the basement.

You will want to use some type of airless. They can be rented. Most any airless will do the job but the more expensive ones are easier to use [for me ] If you buy, a piston pump will work better/longer than a diaphram pump. Some of the cheaper homeowner type guns have a round fan tip [like garden hose] instead of the normal spray fan pattern which is easier to control.

When spraying be sure to strain your paint, cheap pumps may require thinning, and be sure to wear a respirator!
 
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home depot rents comercial sprayer with 15 latex tip and wand, about 50 dollars for 4 hrs 80 for 24 hrs
 
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White?

What are your thoughts on painting the exposed ceiling white instead of black? I am concerned about it feeling "cave like" and thought white might make the space seem bigger....
 
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IMO it isn't a good idea to paint an unfinished ceiling white or any other light color. No matter how well you paint the underside of the floor there will be areas that look like they didn't get painted well. Any cracks [unless caulked] will show dark, as if they weren't completely painted. There will also be shadows that give the appearence of not being completely painted.

A dark ceiling will affect the look/mood of the space but that can be rectified with lighting.


It is possible if you paint the ceiling white that it won't look bad to you. As a painter I tend to notice whatever isn't painted or prepped correctly
 
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Old 03-23-07, 04:32 AM
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Painted Ceiling

Below are some links to ceilings that I painted in 2 basements. The white paint is a primer with flat black as the finish coat.

http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling1.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling2.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling3.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling4.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling5.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling6.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling7.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling81.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling9.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling10.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling11.jpg
http://www.csprep.com/images/ceiling12.jpg


Hope these help
 
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Old 03-23-07, 09:35 AM
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Wow Coyotehills, thank you for sharing those photos!! Very helpful!!
 
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Old 03-24-07, 07:44 AM
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Hello!!

I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF MAYBE TO DO SOMETHING IN THE BASEMENT.



I WENT TO HOMEDEPOT YESTERDAY AND I THOUGHT THE PRICE FOR CEILING



DROP-IN PANELS/TILES WAS THE PRICE FOR THE PANEL, BUT IT GOES BY THE



SQUARE FOOTAGE. YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EACH AND EVERY DAY. SO



I MIGHT CONSIDER PAINTING THE CEILING MORE NOW AND HAVE SOME TIPS



FOR YOU THAT I LEARNED. 1st, IF YOU HAVE NAILS ON THE TOP CEILING OF



THE JOISTS, BE CAREFUL, SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT WHEN PAINTING, DO NOT



OVERPAINT OR OVERSPRAY BECAUSE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THAT THE PAINT



WILL RUN OF THE TIPS OF THE NAILS AND COME DOWN AT YOU LIKE SLEET



FALLING. 2nd, I DO NOT LIKE TO MAKE PEOPLES' DECISIONS FOR THEM.



WHATEVER COLOR YOU LIKE, YOU GO GET IT. MY OPINION IS THAT WHITE



WOULD LOOK GREAT, MAYBE IN YOUR CASE TO 'OPEN' UP THE AREA AND GIVE



IT A NICE BALANCE. DO YOU HAVE DARK COLORED JOISTS/BEAMS OR ARE



THEY LIGHT COLORED. I HAVE LIGHT COLORED BECAUSE MY HOUSE IS NEWER



CONSTRUCTION, AND IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME AND



EFFORT TO GET YOUR BEAMS FULLY WHITE(IF THEY ARE DARKER NOW?)



BUT IN MY CASE I WANT BLACK OR VERY DARK, BECAUSE IT IS HOPEFULLY



GOING TO LOOK SOMEWHAT LIKE A HOME THEATER/MOVIE THEMED ROOM.



AND DARK COLORS ARE SUPPOSEDLY THE BEST FOR A MOVIE ROOM.



NOW YOU SAID YOU ARE/HAVE ALREADY DRYWALLED THE WALLS, THAT'S



GOOD, TO INCORPORATE THE BALANCE.(I CURRENTLY HAVE LIGHT FLORALED



PRINTED WALL PANELING, AND ON THE OTHER WALL CONCRETE. I DIVIDED IT



UP WITH SOME TAN/DARK LINEN/LIGHT BROWN COLORED SHEERS AND HUNG



THE PLEATS ON A COUPLE LONGER TRAVERSE RODS, MAKING IT EASY TO



DRAW THE DRAPES WITH THE PULL OF A CORD AND I THINK I WILL PAINT



BOTH THE PANELING AND THE CONCRET, NOT SURE YET)



WELL ENOUGH ABOUT ME, GOODLUCK ON YOUR PROJECT HOPE I GAVE YOU



SOMEHELPFUL TIPS/SUGGESTIONS, ETC.



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Painting a basement ceiling with some mildew

Over the 50+ years of my house's life, the moisture in the basement has casused some mildew to develop on the basement ceiling. Is there a paint that can be applied over that, or does the mildew have to be removed first? All the protruding nails from the flooring above it makes it very difficult to clean and I would rather just encapsulate it if that is possible.

Thanks in advance

Al
 
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I found a fountain of ideas from this site:

http://loftsboston.com/

Based off of ideas for this site, I am going to leave the joists exposed with the natural wood. Then I will place sheetrock in the joist cavity, on the bottom of the floor boards. Under the sheetrock, I am putting a layer of that brown, soundproof board. It is coming along nicely so far.

Then I plan on staining the concrete floor. I am going for the look in those lofts in the link above. I will post pics soon.
 
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You may want to try running a simple band of trim (just a finished wood 1x2) around the perimeter of the room just below the bottom of joist elevation. I've seen this done and it really helps to define the color transition from the light walls to the darker ceiling and give it a more finished appearance. Also, if you are using an airless sprayer they make a product called dryfall paint - the overspray turns into a loose dust before it hits the floor. It is used commercially so I don't know if it is right for residential applications because there are minimum heights required for it to work, but it's worth looking into. Here is a link to a data sheet for it.

http://www.roddapaint.com/temp/pds31697.pdf
 
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I've used 'dry fog' on commercial jobs and it is very helpfull when spraying large ceilings. IMO it would have no benifit for a small low ceiling. You still need to cover up the immediate area.
 
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