I need to paint the newly drywalled basement. It seems that various
paints vary widely in price. As I have over 4000 square feet of drywall
to paint, I would use cheap paint if the durability doesn't change
much. I don't really care things like wash-bility, as I will probably
just repaint if the walls get dirty.
Also, is eggshell a good choice for basement walls?
There is cheap paint and there is expensive paint. There is good paint
and there is not so good paint. There is also the right paint and the wrong
Most good paints are more expensive than the poor paints, but not
always. Price is not a great guide to quality.
OK why is some paint better. Well consider they typical paint you might
use. If they start with the best paint they can make for the use (some
paints are better for some uses and not so good for others) then they decide
they need to increase the profit, so they reduce the quality of the
expensive stuff and add less expensive stuff, like water. So now they can
sell it for a little less. However when you get it home you may find that
rather than two coats it needs three.
There are special contractor paints. They hide almost anything. Very
flat and lots of solids that help cover in a single coat. The only problem
is you can't wash it after you put it on, but by the time you find that out
the "contractor" has moved on.
This is more important for your use than anything. I'd put a primer and one
coat of the eggshell or similar light color. You don't want cheap paint
that needs three coats to get a good cover.
I've never found washability an issue. By the time it gets a few cleaning,
it is time to repaint anyway. That takes away the need for hte most
Talk to a good paint dealer. I can buy better paint at better prices than
the big stores from my local dealer.
What I meant is that in some situations, you can never really remove all the
mildew. The spores eat their way into the paint. You paint over it, they
come back, unless you add one of those little bottles of mildew killer, and
even then, the mildew may return, surfacing right through the new paint. You
can call it fiction, but I've seen it happen.
If drywall gets moldy, you usually need to rip it out. Mold doesn't just
grow on the side you see, or just on the surface.
Anyhow, that has been my experience. Once drywall gets damp enough to mold,
it is funky forever.
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