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Old 07-13-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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I've searched these forums for an answer to this probably obvious question, but I have found only posts about serious basement problems. I have a 60-year-old house with a basement that is very dry. The cinder block was painted several times over the years. The current paint is a somewhat dark green, which my wife would like to paint over with a lighter color. What is the best kind of paint? Interior latex? Exterior? I don't need DryLok or anything like that since I don't have a problem with water--I have a very well-maintained exterior drainage system. A previous owner may have applied something like it some years ago, for all I know, but in ten years I've NEVER had a problem with mold, mildew, water damage, flaking paint, etc. So can I just use Kilz primer and an interior latex?



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Yes, kilz and paint would work fine.

If the existing paint is latex in good condition,you really wouldn't have to prime at all, just clean it and do a couple coats of paint.


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I agree, skip the primer.
Latex Primer: Good for Drywall, that's about it.
Behr Paint: The plastic buckets are good, that's about it.
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I agree, skip the primer.

IF the original paint is latex
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