I would like to paint everything on my basement ceiling - joists, sub-
floor, ducts, pipes, etc. - white to make it blend in as well as possible.
What kind of paint is ideal for such a job? I basically would like to
spray everything above the walls.
That was done in my house before I moved in 27 years ago, I assume it was
sprayed since the block walls and ceiling were all light yellow. A lot of
the paint has since pealed off since I don't think they primed. The house
had BX wiring for the most part. My only thought would be what the risk of
painting today's plastic-jacketed wiring might be, but I'd think a decent
latex paint would do the job.
It does make for a brighter basement. That, and the fact I replaced all the
incandescent bulbs with florescent shop lights. Mine is mainly a 'working
basement' with laudry, workshop, and storage areas, but the relatively
inexpensive 4-foot lights with white deflectors give good downward light.
A good primer is needed, a stain sealing primer. Without a stain sealer
your wood will never look white. Oil or Bin or kills work but smell bad,
lotta fumes. There are latex primers for this. Then just topcoat in
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