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Painting the Basement

Q: In my basement I have paneling on the lower part of the walls. I want to paint them. I am worried that the paint may peel off. Any suggestions? My baseboard metal register needs replaced because it is rusting and pitted. Or can I also paint it?


A: Basements are always a problem with moisture and preparation is key to a finished product that will last. Remove any mold first with a clorox solution or some other mold removing products that are available. tsp is also a great one and the one I would recommend. Then prime the panelling with a product like kilz or 123 bin primer. I like the oil base product the best. Once primed I recommend you finish it with a paint that is formulated for high moisture areas. The metal registers come out nice if you sand the rust off and then spray paint it.

Bill, HHM

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