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happyface 10-01-2012 05:14 PM

paint block basement walls
 
My 1954 house has block foundation. The whole basement feels dingy and I finally decided to paint it :). The walls get wet from heavy rains and finishing the basement does not seem to be possible. What is the best thing I can do to make my basement look better? I don't know what kind of paint I can use. Should I dry the walls completely first? Any advice is very much appreciated :)

joecaption 10-01-2012 05:23 PM

Paint is never ever going to work on walls that get wet.
You need to be addressing the outside of that area not inside.
Sealing the block with foundation seal on the outside below grade.
Working gutters,
Grade that runs away from the foundation.
French drains.
No mulch pilled up againt the foundation.
No flower beds forming ponds.

happyface 10-01-2012 05:28 PM

I am trying to do all of it and hope that the water will stop entering the basement... I am not trying to seal the walls with paint but I just want the basement to look brighter :) Is it possible, or the paint is not going to stick?

joecaption 10-01-2012 05:31 PM

Not going to work and would be peeling off within a year then your stuck with trying to get it off.
And no Dri-Loc is not the anserwer.

happyface 10-02-2012 07:57 AM

I've seen floors painted grey. May be I can do at least that?

CoconutPete 10-03-2012 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1021430)
Not going to work and would be peeling off within a year then your stuck with trying to get it off.
And no Dri-Loc is not the anserwer.


But Joe, in the commercial it looks sooo good and they say it keeps the water out completely :jester:

sdoerr2 10-06-2012 01:34 AM

I had a little moisture issue in my basement, and I used Drylok. People either love or hate Dry-Lok... it does not fully solve the problem, but it all depends on you and what you want. Drylok is a good band-aid for me for now, as I do not plan to be in the house beyond a decade. It did the trick as well - dry as can be. Other than that, as others have said - get that drainage - grading and gutters


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