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Old 10-28-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Inside the door, coming into our basement, we would like to paint or stain the concrete. (Concrete is about 13 years old and there is no previous coating.) This would be just probably the first two or three feet inside the door; basically an "entry". The rest of the floor there will be LVT. What paint or stain do you recommend? It obviously needs to be something that is not slippery when wet and that will not peel if water from melting snow from boots sits on it for awhile.


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Old 10-28-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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With as small an area as you are talking about, just do a nice tile there instead. It will be more cost effective than attempting to coat such a small space. Most quality coatings sold are in gallon size only and are not cheap. Also, stain or paint on concrete is something that if you ever change your mind will need to be ground off before you can do anything else.

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The door has some issues with water seepage when the rain blows the wrong direction. It's not much water and dries up pretty quick. However, if the water was under tile or other flooring, it would be more likely to mold, etc. So, painted concrete allows the water to dry quickly... Mostly, my wife thinks it is best to paint that area.
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Nothing is going to stay stuck down to an area that gets wet.
How about a picture so we can suggest how to keep the water out.
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Nothing is going to stay stuck down to an area that gets wet.
How about a picture so we can suggest how to keep the water out.
Not to argue but let me ask: What about garage floor paint? Is it not expected to drive a car inside when it is raining outside? What about painting an exterior door? Or the exterior of a house? I believe this water will be on top of the paint, not coming up through the concrete. Does that make a difference?
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Typical homeowner grade garage floor paint is pretty awful. You need something industrial grade, and it needs to be a 2 part epoxy. That doesn't come cheap. If you're gonna spring for the stuff that will actually do the job, you might as well do the whole floor while you are at it and skip the vinyl.

Tile is MUCH cheaper. So is proper weatherstripping!
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Fix why it's leaking first!
Why would you want to continue cleaning up the mess and possible dealing with wood rot and mold instead of fixing what the real issue is?

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