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I'm going to paint cinder block walls in a basement, and I am wondering what's the best paint. Here's the facts. The walls have never been painted. The entire basement is for storage. The space is not a shop or other "living" space. It does not need to look beautiful. I just want it to look clean. The walls don't leak. I don't want to seal the walls because I want to see any leaks that might occur in the future. That way, I will know right away if there is a water problem outside the walls. Since I just want the walls to look clean, my thought is any cheap latex wall paint will do. Is there some other paint I should consider? Thank you!
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The website for it says "Over 1,000 one-coat hide colors"!

I emailed a BM sales rep to see what he thinks. I'll post whatever he replies.
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The website for it says "Over 1,000 one-coat hide colors"!

I emailed a BM sales rep to see what he thinks. I'll post whatever he replies.

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Sherlastic Elastomeric, sprayed and back roll in two coats.
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The website for it says "Over 1,000 one-coat hide colors"!

I emailed a BM sales rep to see what he thinks. I'll post whatever he replies.

one coat. stain blocking. paint & primer in one. CR is right, behr must really be the best paint on the planet!

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Technically it is a concrete masonry unit, a cmu or concrete block, kind of like the glue paste thing with wall covering. Anyway an elastomeric product would not be the best as they do not breath and if you do have water intrusion it will build up behind the coating and you would not see it for quite a while. A masonry primer like loxon with a quality top coat would be better.
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I'd just hit it with some block filler, two coats if you just want it too look clean.
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I'm beginning to think I should convince the HO to leave the cinder block un-painted. Water is not leaking into this basement. But, I'm going to check for lyme or calcium scaling on the walls, which generally means moisture is getting through and evaporating off the surface of the cinder blocks. If there's a lot of scaling, I think its best to leave the walls as-is.

Question about Loxon...The SW site says it should be used above grade. Has anyone used it below grade and then seen it years later? If so, how did it hold up?
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To me below grade has always meant there will be back fill over it and loxon would fail, as would most products in that environment.Basements while below grade are not subject to the same conditions.
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If it's not leaking and you're just looking for a simple way to clean it up, block filler is the way to go. It's like 8 bucks a gallon compared to mid thirties for Loxon. And does just as nice a job.
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As promised, here's the response I got from the BM sales rep, which is in agreement with PaPainter724 and kmp. Thanks everyone...very helpful advice.

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Products to use would be:
1. Block Filler Primer (if not your top coat of paint would just keep soaking in) will not stop leaking so you will be able to see if that occurs.
2. Top coat .. any Latex you want … I suggest one with a sheen to it such as semi gloss / we have a new product called Scuff X that would help against scuffing on the walls. Scuff X is a latex system and would not be able to hold water back ..
I would put it in my basement…
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