Another variation on basement wall painting

Old 01-18-01, 09:43 AM
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I am planning on painting my basement walls and would like some advice.

I found the Dry-Lok products at Home Depot, but the directions indicated that it was to be used on bare walls only. I didn't buy it since my walls are not entirely bare.

My walls are poured concrete. Some areas are bare, some are painted. In addition, some areas have been covered with some kind of coating. I have been told that it is a parge coat, but I can't confirm that. It is about 1/8" thick.

I do have some mildew.

My plan was to prime/seal the walls with Kilz and then paint.

Is this a good idea? Is there a better method?

If the Kilz is OK, what type of paint would I put over it? Do I need to paint over the Kilz at all?

Old 01-20-01, 05:40 PM
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don't use regulart paint nor drylock

Regular paints and primers will not last long. Drylock is a sealer of sorts. You don't need it either.

There are special paints for concrete. The best are epoxy based. As for the "parge", can't advise on that since I can't see it and we don't know what it is for sure. Try the concrete paint on a small area to see how it reacts.

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