Can I use exterior paint when painting basement walls?

When painting basement walls you may sometimes wish to use paint left over from painting your home's exterior. But remember, there are few universal paints you can use for painting all surfaces. There are several factors you should take into account when choosing paint for basement walls.

Choosing Your Paint Type

In deciding which paint to use on basement walls, consider the surface you'll be painting. If the exterior walls are masonry—concrete or concrete block—and your basement walls are drywall, you should not try to use the same paint. If your basement walls are subject to high moisture but your exterior walls are not, use a different paint.