Is It Okay to Paint Basement Walls? Tips & Preparation
So, you are thinking of painting the walls in your basement. If they are finished with drywall, they will be like most other walls in your home. Adding some color will make the space feel cleaner and more inviting. If the walls are concrete, however, there are steps you need to take to ensure that the project is done properly. Otherwise, you may create or run into problems later. Here are some things you need to know before putting paint on your basement walls.
If your basement is finished with drywall, you can paint the walls just like any other wall in your home. Since rooms in the basement are exposed to humidity and moisture, use a high-quality acrylic latex paint and latex primer. Glossy paint will give your walls an excellent finish and resist moisture.
If the walls in your basement are not drywall, they are block, concrete, or brick foundational walls. The foundation walls in your basement allow humidity and moisture into the basement of your home. The type of paint and the process for painting these walls are different than the other walls in your home. It will require some work to ensure it is done properly. In addition to making the area look cleaner and brighter, you will be improving the moisture in the walls.
Once your basement walls have been checked and any issues are corrected, you can prepare to paint.
What Kind of Paint to Use On Basement Walls?
Moisture and mold are common problems in basements. You will need to use a paint that sticks to foundation walls and dries well. Masonry and concrete paint will withstand chipping, moisture, and mold. Homeowners tend to lean toward earth tones or natural colors for their concrete walls. If natural colors aren’t for you, you can paint the foundation with other colors¹. It is entirely up to you.
As you can see, painting a basement wall is a bit more involved than choosing the color of paint. It will require some inspection and preparation. In most instances, the job can be done by a DIYer. There are times when a professional may be the better option. It will depend on the condition of the walls and your budget. Happy painting!
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