basement with unpainted and unsealed concrete floor
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Q: Use good-quality, acrylic-based sealers and paints

A: Q: What kind of paint and sealer should I use on concrete flooring?

— Reyna, Port Arthur, Texas

Steve Thomas says: Two years ago I used an acrylic-based concrete sealer to treat the slab in the basement of my early 19th-century house. I then top-coated it with a commercial grade acrylic paint specially formulated for floors. Check with your local paint store and tell them you want the best product for the job. Skimp on price and you'll only wind up making more work for yourself in the future.

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