It is possible to paint appealing colors to the walls of your house. Still , It’s recommend that you might face a challenge when you want to paint the pipes and fixtures running down the house. Sometimes you would want to paint the wall and the ceiling the same color, but the pipes running down the wall may require the same color to better results. Most basements tend to be a dump and thus it is important to select a paint that will work well for every section including pipes. If possible, use paints that cannot be spoilt by water. Paints that can hold up to water will act as a waterproof layer for the wall.
Steps in painting basement pipes
- Spread a polythene paper, cardboard or a piece of cloth on your basement floor to prevent paints from dropping on your floor. Cover any other item in the basement such chairs, tables and any other gadgets such as washing machines.
- Wash your pipes to remove the dirt that might have accumulated over time. You can use warm water mixed with detergent. After washing, cleanse them using clean water to remove the residues of the detergent and allow the pipes to dry. If there are concrete walls, make sure you wash them.
- Cover pipe’s valves with newspaper and tape them. Ensure the valve, as well as the stem, are well covered. Painting these parts makes them extremely difficult to open.
- Turn off any gas appliance kept in the basement such as cloth dryer, water heaters of furnaces. Although it is rare, a fire can start as a result of sparks produced by the fumes of the paint. Put on your funs and ensure they are facing the outlets such as doors and windows to ensure the fumes are directed towards outside as you paint.
- Now you are ready to start the main job of painting. Using a sprayer, spray your ceiling and pipes using an oil-based primer that is designed to stick on metals. In case your pipes are made of PVC water-based primer will work perfectly. Using an airless sprayer, spray the ceiling. You can add another coat of paint once the first coat has dried. Allow the second coat to dry. Seeing the wood joists is an indication that you need to add a second coat.
- If you desire, use an airless sprayer to spray a water-resistant paint on your pipes, walls, and ceiling. This will be essential to enhance the waterproof ability of your walls. Allow the paint to dry before adding the second coat.
• Removes the covering on the calves. You can gently paint the stem of the valves using a brush. Take care not to allow entry of paint to sections that connect the valves and the pipe. You can paint the knob but do not paint the stem. if you paint the knob, the paint is likely to spill towards the bottom of the stem making it hard to turn the knob when the paint dries.