I have 2 gallons of cement paint, which I used on my basement. I also have 2
five gallon buckets of exterior wood paint. How well will the wood paint
work on cement? It's in the basement, so won't see the heavy traffic that
sidewalks and driveways see. I just want to cover the floor and wall, maybe
seal it a bit which the cement paint seems to do well. Can I use the wood
paint, anyone have any experience with this?
The walls will be best taken care of by the cement paint.
The floors will be far better off with a product designed for that use.
In both cases reading and following the instructions about prepping the job
will make the difference between success and failure.
I would forget the exterior wood paint and save it for what it was
if you are thinking about moisture. you might want to look at a product
called xypex concentrate. i just had a waterproofing consultant
recommend this for my basement. after application i do think you would
need to use an appropriate paint. most likely not wood paint.
the trouble with sealing a basement from the inside is... well its
difficult to seal from the inside. so it seems you need a product
designed for just that. i think the pressure from incoming moisture
will simply push most pains right off the slab.
I'm not really interested in actually making it water tight, I just want to
seal the pores so it doesn't attract dirt like it does now. It's a 1948
house, and there are cracks everywhere. If we get a lot of rain, which
happens every 10 years or so, the ground water level rises above the
basement floor and water comes in through dozens of cracks and seams. Last
winter I had 18" of water in the basement before I realized my sump pump was
not plugged in. Water poured in through the cracks for almost a week,
keeping my pump cycling, until the ground water level dropped.
Hehe - it's normal in this neighborhood. I did a sounding of my well today,
and the water level is at about 12 feet. At the end of spring it was at 9
feet. When it rains a lot for a long time, the water level rises, last
spring it hit 5-6 feet. Place is close to being a swamp, or greenland. I'm
maybe a quarter mile from the river, so I'm guessing that has some influence
on the local aquifer.
AHH BEWARE! Contractor is about to make big bucks off you for very
NO COATING WILL STOP WATER PENETRATION, ONLY REDIRECTING THE WATER!
The most effective is reslope land around home and a interior french
drain with sump pump or preferably gravity drain far away from home to
any paint coating etc is a useless band aid and a complete waste of
concrete breathes and flexes, and still will after coatring.
i don't know. while it seems true that sealing fromt the outside is
much better (or redirecting as you say) you should read what is claimed
on the xypex concentrate website in terms of hydrostatic pressure. the
people that i am dealing with, without naming names, aren't
contractors. they are consultants. they don't sell the product and they
don't do the work. i can't see how they would stand to do anything
except loose money by misleading me. they won't even recommend a
contractor or place to buy the products. also, they are widely known
and respected in the san francisco bay area where there is a decent
amount of rain, many homes on slopes (below grade on one side) and many
i wouldn't stake my life on it, but no one's making money on this one,
so i'm inclined to have faith.
so how do the consultants make money?
may well be on comission by the manufacturer, such things do occur.
either with a code they give you by coupon etc, or paid X as sales
increase in your area.
did they charge you for the consultation?
any interior waterproffing is only as good as its adhesion to the
interior surface. get enough water behind the wall and the paint or
whatever will form bubbles, big like a foot or two in diameter and
ultimately burst. I have had it occur:(
after spending over 15 thousand on a small ranch for exterior french
drains, resloped lawns interior waterproof paint all new landscaping
and all new sidewalks steps etc.
the interior french drain with sump pump FINALLY fixed it
should of saved lots of work and expense and got the french drain
ME I took the course, paid the tuition in failed fixes and got the
degree with the interior drain
as you can see it was a very costly lesson
yeah, i hear that.
the consultants do get paid by me. they aren't cheap at all.
but if your options are limited and your moisture is mild (as in my
case) i still think xypex is worth a look. but i'll tell you for sure
in about a year. haha.
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