05:55AM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 10/31/02
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My basement has never flooded or shown any signs of water except for slight efflouresence and a moderately damp concrete floor. I'm looking for a cheap way to make it more liveable, without having to put down dricore flooring (which will cost me $740!)

Can I just paint the floor with DryLock flooring paint, add a sheet of 6mil plastic as a vapor barrier and throw down a carpet pad and carpeting (even if it has to be indoor/outdoor carpeting?)

Or am I really asking for trouble later on with this scenario?


05:26PM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
The Drylock label expressly warns that it is not for use as a floor paint, even if the paint will be covered. Floor paint needs special adhesion and strength properties to withstand the rigors of foot traffic and such.

That said, the warning might be there to merely cover their butts in case someone does use it for floor paint, or there could be something to it. The worst I could envision happening is that it could chip off and become some sort of inert powdery layer underneath the moisture barrier (it is a moisture barrier on the floor, not a vapor barrier), which, in turn, is under the padding, which is under the carpet.

It is your call.

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