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Old 09-05-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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Walls Unpaintable??? Help, the BLACK


Okay, so the previous owner of my house got screwed by a contractor. The contractor put the black tar used to coat a foundation on the outside to prevent moisture on the INSIDE of the foundation, making 40% (75% of that room) of my basement walls in one room PITCH BLACK.

I mean, it's kinda shiny, but at night I walk down to my workshop and think someone trapped their goth child in the basement and said "do what you want kid". Or it looks like a shrine for secret virgin sacrifices. It's scary as hell to because there's no lights on that end. Picture attached, it's my basement.

Seriously, help, how do I paint my black tar cement walls
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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use bin shellac primer on it. seals back anything.

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Old 09-06-2010, 07:56 AM   #3
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Where are you located ?
I'd be inclined to build an insulated wall in front of it
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:55 AM   #4
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:03 AM   #5
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If the contractor only sealed that one side, it may be important that you do as little as possible to disturb that sealant. As with all projects though it comes down to what you - or "the boss" wants. So - if the texture is ok and the wall is water tight, you can prime it as suggested with the Zinsser primer. Check with your "knowledgable" paint store man on the base to use though. Shellac or oil are both very good and stick to anything - as well, anything sticks to them. FYI the oil base is the best to use on pressure treated lumber although the shellac is best on the knots.
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are the walls just cement/cinder blocks right now. If so, i would also built 2x4 walls insulate and sheetrock.
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Hang some white bedsheets infront of the walls.
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I would make it my darkroom. (photographer)

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