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RCGA 04-19-2013 05:42 PM

Concrete basement floor paint
Can I paint a concrete basement floor with interior paint? I'll most likely be putting a subfloor over the concrete anyway, but I figured I should cover it up.

joecaption 04-19-2013 05:52 PM

Why would you paint it knowing it's the wrong paint and it going to be just a peeling mess.
What do you mean there's going to be a subfloor?
Whats the finished flooring going to be?

RCGA 04-19-2013 06:19 PM

I'll be laying hardwood.

Primary reason is to save money ish

jsheridan 04-19-2013 06:34 PM

Yes, with the proper preparation most interior paints are spec'd for masonry. Now, as to what is the best wearing finish for a floor that's another question. Interior wall/trim finishes are not formulated to be walked on, so they won't wear well. If you're considering putting hardwood down, and if it's currently unfinished, you might consider a moisture blocking finish, like Drylock.

joecaption 04-19-2013 08:33 PM

Dri Lok is not made to walk on.
Real hardwood should never be layed over a slab.
You need to be looking into engineered flooring instead.

Faron79 04-19-2013 10:09 PM

Correct on the Drylok-
NOT made for horizontal uses.

I believe there are breathable flooring membranes for some types of Woods. Ask/research some flooring dealers/sites.


jsheridan 04-20-2013 12:08 AM

I'll take your word on engineered flooring over slabs, makes sense. However, I was suggesting Drylock as a barrier under the new floor, not as a surface finish to be walked on. From Drylock, "Not recommended for use on horizontal surfaces subject to foot traffic." It's not flagged for horizontal uses, only walking on it.

RCGA 04-20-2013 06:18 AM

Sorry, I should have clarified: I have a concrete basement floor. I'd like to paint/seal it up. Then I'll be laying a Delta FL subfloor, and then engineered hardwood.

I'm still not sure if I could use regular acrylic latex paint or should I spend the extra and get the 1 part epoxy concrete paint for garage floors? Like this:

JMDPainting 04-20-2013 06:27 AM


Originally Posted by RCGA (Post 1163249)

I'm still not sure if I could use regular acrylic latex paint or should I spend the extra and get the 1 part epoxy concrete paint for garage floors? Like this:

Hold on , I've got to get some popcorn.

RCGA 04-20-2013 06:28 AM


Originally Posted by JMDPainting (Post 1163255)
Hold on , I've got to get some popcorn.

Oh dear, am I going in the wrong direction?

JMDPainting 04-20-2013 06:35 AM


Originally Posted by RCGA (Post 1163256)
Oh dear, am I going in the wrong direction?

Inside joke, whenever Behr paint is mentioned here all heck breaks loose.

rossfingal 04-20-2013 07:09 AM

There's "Engineered" flooring -
It's put down with mastic - directly on the (clean)concrete.
Not cheap!
A lot of fun to install! :(
No "hardwood" directly on concrete!

You glue a pad down first!

user1007 04-20-2013 11:11 AM

I don't see what you gain but added expense putting a sealer on it if your plan is to float a floor over it.

If you are painting because you are not going to get to the finish floor for awhile? Here is a novel idea. Use a floor paint. I like Ben Moore's reinforced products. They are self-priming (not paint and primer in one though) over nicely prepped concrete. Both oil and waterbased products come in lots of factory colors. Oil-based is urethane reinforced and the waterbased is epoxy reinforced.

With a little creativity you can do nice things with a painted floor and some painters tape. Concrete stains can be beautiful too.

chrisn 04-20-2013 04:42 PM

I will chime in and ask this
WHY paint the concrete if it is going to have a sub floor and another floor out over it.
Would not the person installing the sub floor put down the proper coating(if needed) or whatever?

Faron79 04-20-2013 09:27 PM

I don't have any popcorn...just had some vanilla-custard w/ strawberries @ Culvers though...:wheelchair::tt2:...!

Drylok does have a nice floor-paint though. If you can't get the Eng.-Hdwd/membrane(s) down right away, your floor will look real nice untill then!


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