Paint for storage room in basement

dockside_gwAugust 11, 2009

We are getting our house ready to sell. It is 10 years old. The walk-out basement is finished except for a 12x24 storage room. The walls are sheetrocked but nothing on the floor. We want to make it look better (some white stuff on the floor, stains where my freezer dripped when being defrosted, a few hairline cracks, and a stain from a water leak years ago, the source of which has been fixed).

What do you suggest we use for cleaning/prep and paint? No drain in floor, no windows so don't want a bad-smelling, toxic application.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I'd vacuum the floor. The just use any ordinary household general purpose cleaner or laundry detergent. Depending on the condition, you might want a little action with a scrub brush. Rinse it well a couple of times and allow to thoroughly dry. Any home center or paint store will sell flooring paint. Just follow the instructions on the can.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 7:52PM
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be carefull...if you get a lot of moisture thru the concrete it may cause you paint to peel leaving you with an even bigger mess to explain. I would just leave it go. Foundations crack. Freezers can leak. Its all understandable. If anything, put an area rug in place. If the crack is REALLY big it likley should be listed anyway. Your realtor should be able to help with this.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 1:33PM
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I second Mike's idea. We did that in our basement, just as he described, and it's held up well. We just used some sort of latex floor paint, avoiding the more durable epoxy stuff.

Alternatively, if it's smooth enough, clean the floor and just put down some self-stick vinyl. Lots of contemporary stuff to choose from. One of my clients did that in the dark, dingy unfinished laundry/utility HVAC half of their basement. It looked great and held up very well (for the two years that I was able to witness before they sold, anyhow.)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 3:14PM
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