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Ranger31 08-29-2009 04:49 PM

painting basement cement floor
My mother want the basement floor in her house painted.

The floor has never been paint, but has all kinds of stains on it, beside
the usual traffic dirt.

I seen cement floors paints else where, but later I notice the porch gray
paint peeling off.

Also I would need to paint it in steps. Let one painted area dry then move
stuff, back to where I just painted. I want it to be a long lasting, sealing type paint.

Please help me, I am clue less, as to how to start this project.


housepaintingny 08-29-2009 08:13 PM

First test the floor to make sure there are no moisture issues, because if there are you'll have to resolve that first otherwise you'll have paint failure no matter what you use. Tape a 2foot square piece of plastic down onto the floor taping all sides tight. Leave it for 48 hours, check it for discolouration in the floor, moisture laying under the plastic or on the plastic. If all is well after that then you'll have to clean the floor well. A good product for that is ProClean Professional from Sherwin Williams, next fill any cracks and fix any deteriation with a product like armorseal from Sherwin Williams, now decide if you want to paint it or stain it with a concrete stain like H&C, which you can get from Sherwin Williams, there about 100 colors to choose from, it applies like paint, and you can seal it with a sealer coat in your sheen choice. If you go with paint Sherwin Williams heavy duty porch and floor paint will work well. I am not a SW sales man I am a painting contractor in NY and usually only use SW products, I've always had good luck with them. There are a lot of good product choices, but the proper preparation goes a long ways to prevent paint failure.

chrisn 08-30-2009 05:50 AM

If you go with paint Sherwin Williams heavy duty porch and floor paint will work well.

I would not put this or any other paint that was not specified for garage floors down, as the hot tires will lift off any normal paint.

housepaintingny 08-30-2009 08:04 AM

If you'll be driving a car on the floor a concrete stain will work or if you want to paint it you need an epoxy based concrete floor coating like shield-crete, also from H&C concrete, Sherwin Williams

Ranger31 08-31-2009 09:02 PM

I will not be driving a car over this cement floor.

It is a cellar floor. No garage door.

But I like the idea's that have been suggested.

But can I paint in stages? I don't want to
empty out the who cellar.

Also is fall the best time of year for this
type of project.


NAV 09-03-2009 02:10 PM

I say do not paint it.

Hydrostatic pressure

They sell cleaners that will take out the stains. Look up Klenstone or Prosoco

Ranger31 09-03-2009 07:53 PM

what would you use to to stop cement dust, coming from the floor.

THANKS :thumbsup:

chrisn 09-04-2009 02:54 AM


Ranger31 09-04-2009 05:13 AM

:laughing: left my self why open for that one. :laughing: :no:

chrisn 09-04-2009 06:00 PM

What do you mean cement dust?

Ranger31 09-04-2009 08:46 PM

Cement dust, is the Lime working it way out the cement, then it just sit
on the surface, until you sweep or vacuum it up.

This way, my mother want the cement floor paint of seal, to stop this. :thumbsup:

chrisn 09-05-2009 04:36 AM

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