Basement Walls: Painting your basement walls can do more than just improve the look of your basement; it can protect your home from moisture damage. Basement walls are typically porous concrete. Moisture can accumulate behind the concrete, and lead to mold and mildew growth or structural damage. Use these tips to paint your basement walls.
1. Prepare the Basement Walls for Painting
1.1 Remove existing paint from walls. Masonry paint bonds to porous wall surfaces, so you must remove the existing paint before repainting. If you apply basement paint over the existing paint, the newly painted surface may crack, develop air bubbles or flake off of the walls. Remove existing paint by rubbing the walls with sandpaper or a wire brush.
1.2 Fill in all cracks and holes with a concrete repair product. To repair basement walls, use a fast setting hydraulic cement, which is available at most home improvement centers. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application.
1.3 Remove mildew stains.
Mix 2 tbsp. (29.6 ml) of bleach with 1 quart (0.95 liters) of warm water. Using a sponge or cloth, blot the area with the solution until the stain disappears.
Use a commercial grade mold and mildew stain remover, which is available through most home improvement and paint suppliers.
1.4 Clean the walls. The basement walls should be clear of dust, dirt and oil before painting them.
Remove loose dirt and debris with a broom. Clean the walls by wiping them down with a damp cloth.
Clean walls with an etcher, which is a product that consists of chemicals that clean and roughen the surface of basement walls. The rough surface enables paint to better adhere to the walls. Commercial grade etchers are available at home improvement and paint suppliers. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application.
Use tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) to clean the walls. TSP is an alkaline cleaning solution used for masonry surfaces. It is available at home improvement and paint suppliers. Follow the manufacturer’s application instructions. TSP is highly toxic and is not permitted in some areas due to environmental concerns.
Contract to have the walls cleaned by a masonry cleaning service. Masonry professionals that specialize in cleaning basement walls utilize products with high toxicity, such as muriatic acid. Do not attempt to use muriatic acid on your own to clean your basement walls. Even mild contact can cause severe burns and blindness.
1.5 Allow the walls to dry completely.
2. Make preparations Walls
2.1 Choose a preliminary composed particularly for cement and workmanship. Solid preliminaries will stick to the storm cellar dividers superior to anything general preliminary, and will give more solidness and security.
2.2 Mix the preliminary. With the top on, get the preliminary compartment and shake it overwhelmingly to blend the substance.
2.3 Pour the preliminary into a container or paint plate.
2.4 Apply the preliminary. Liberally coat the whole divider surface with the groundwork.
Utilize a wide polyester/nylon brush or roller to apply the groundwork. The brush ought to be somewhere around 2 and 3 inches (5 and 7.6 cm). Pick a 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch (1.3-cm to 1.9-cm) roller spread.
Sliced in a 2-to 3-inch (5-to 7.6-cm) fringe around the top, base and sides of the dividers. Begin by applying preliminary in 1 corner and proceed with the edge of the storm cellar divider.
Paint the groundwork onto the dividers in 4-foot by 2-foot (1.2-m by .6-m) segments. As you apply the paint, cover into the already connected territories, incorporating the cut in regions, for steady scope.
2.5 Allow the groundwork to dry totally, ideally for at least 8 hours.
3.0 Paint the Basement Walls
3.1 Choose a storm cellar divider paint. Select a water-safe stone work paint made particularly for permeable solid surfaces. A water-safe paint will serve as a dampness obstruction for your storm cellar, and the antacid safe covering will give expanded strength.
Select a paint shading that supplements your stylistic layout. Stone work paint is accessible in an extensive variety of hues at home change and paint stores.
3.2 Mix the paint. With the cover on, get the paint compartment and shake it energetically to blend the substance.
3.3 Pour the paint into a paint plate.
3.4 Apply the paint to the storm cellar dividers. For best results and expanded dampness insurance, apply 2 to 3 layers of paint.
Utilize a polyester/nylon brush or roller to apply the preliminary. The brush ought to be roughly 4 inches (10.2 cm), and the roller ought to have a 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch (1.3-cm to 1.9-cm) spread.
Sliced in a 2-to 3-inch (5-to 7.6-cm) fringe around the top, base and sides of the dividers. Begin by applying paint in 1 corner and proceed with the edge of the storm cellar divider.
Paint the dividers in 4-foot by 2-foot (1.2-m by .6-m) areas. As you apply the paint, cover into the already connected zones, incorporating the cut in ranges, for reliable scope. To maintain a strategic distance from paint dribbles, gently tap the paintbrush against within the container or plate to uproot overabundance paint before applying to the dividers.
Permit the paint to dry for no less than 4 hours in the middle of paint coats.
Assess the scope after the second layer of paint. The dividers might require a third layer of paint, or spot applications might be vital.
3.5 Allow the paint to dry totally.
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