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Old 04-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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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?

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I'll be laying hardwood.


Primary reason is to save money ish
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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: http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Prem...0201/100113293
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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: http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Prem...0201/100113293
Hold on , I've got to get some popcorn.
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Hold on , I've got to get some popcorn.
Oh dear, am I going in the wrong direction?
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Oh dear, am I going in the wrong direction?
Inside joke, whenever Behr paint is mentioned here all heck breaks loose.
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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!
"RF"

Oops!
You glue a pad down first!

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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.

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

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!

http://drylok.halibutblue.com/wp-con...012/08/cfp.jpg

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