I want to paint my basement walls, which currently have several coats
of old pealing Drylock.
I would like any recommendations on the proper way to prep the walls
and paint. Do I need to scrape off the existing paint? Prep with
muriatic acid or bleach? What kind of paint do you recommend?
I do not plan to finish the basement. I just want it to look clean,
bright and dry.
A few issues:
1. At one time, the basement had water problems, and there is
efflorescence on the walls. But the previous owner installed an
interior french drain system and sump about 3 years ago, and I just
finished extending all the downspouts and sloping the exterior grade
around the outside foundation. And we run a dehumidifier in the summer.
So the basement is now dry and no mold.
2. There are also some horizontal cracks in the foundation. I consulted
a structural engineer when we first bought the house,. He said they are
due to frost heave and are common in are area. Because they are not too
big I did not need to worry, unless they grow. I've been monitoring
and they are not growing.
I'm hoping I can just fill the cracks with caulking or hydro cement