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Can I Paint My Foundation Wall? Here's What You Need to Know!

calander Mar 10 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

Your curb appeal is just about dialed in: the exterior paint is right, the landscaping is sharp and clean, and your springtime power washing is planned. Check, check, and check. But there's just one thing: that unsightly concrete between your home's siding and the grass... Obviously your foundation is important, but does it have to look like that? You might be wondering: "Can I paint my foundation wall?"

The good news is that you definitely can. Like any painting project, you just need to approach it having done the research so you know exactly what product and prep techniques to use.

Table of Contents:

  • Preparing the Foundation Wall for Painting

  • Choosing the Right Paint and Supplies
    • Selecting a Paint Type:

    • Gathering Necessary Supplies:

  • Painting Your Foundation Wall

  • Conclusion

Preparing Foundation Walls for Painting

Before foundation painting, ensure the surfaces are free of dirt, dust and debris. Start by using a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove any loose particles from the surface. You may also need to use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the wall if there are stubborn stains or marks that won't come off with vacuuming alone. Make sure all surfaces are completely dry before proceeding with painting preparation.

Once the wall has been wiped down, look for any indications of harm such as breaks, chips, gaps, or other blemishes. If necessary, fill in any gaps or cracks with mortar mix and let it dry thoroughly before continuing on with painting preparation. Additionally, check around windows and doors for areas where water could potentially enter your home’s structure which should be sealed up prior to applying paint.

After cleaning and inspecting for damage, you are ready to apply primer on your foundation wall. Primer helps ensure even coverage when applying paint over masonry surfaces so that you get consistent results without having streaks or blotches showing through after multiple coats of paint have been applied. Use a brush specifically designed for outdoor masonry work - this will help ensure proper adhesion between the primer and the surface being painted on - then apply one coat of primer evenly across all surfaces making sure not to miss any spots. Let this coat dry fully before beginning the actual painting process.

Once the foundation wall has been properly prepped and cleaned, it is ready to be painted.

Key Takeaway: Before painting your foundation wall, it's essential to give it a thorough cleaning and inspection for any damage. Once the wall has been prepped, a coat of primer should be put on to guarantee an even and streak-free look when painting.

Choosing the Right Paint for Your Foundation Wall

You have a LOT of options, but we'll help you narrow it down.

Selecting a Paint Type:

The type of paint used on foundation walls depends on whether they are poured concrete walls or masonry blocks. For poured foundations, elastomeric masonry paints provide waterproof protection while allowing any moisture within the wall to escape. Non-elastomeric exterior masonry paints are best suited for block foundations as they create an impermeable barrier against water infiltration.

Gathering Necessary Supplies:

Before beginning any painting project, make sure that you have all the necessary tools and materials at hand including primer (if needed), brushes, rollers, drop cloths/plastic sheeting, painter's tape, and stir sticks for mixing paint colors if desired. Additionally, having a few extra items such as rags for wiping up spills or removing excess drips may come in handy during clean-up time.

How much paint will you need? Generally, one coat should cover around 400 sq ft per gallon, however this can vary depending on surface porosity and texture variations. So get your calculations spot-on for a smooth painting project.

Key Takeaway: When painting a home's foundation, it is essential to choose the right paint and supplies. It requires selecting an elastomeric masonry paint for poured foundations or non-elastomeric exterior masonry paints for block foundations, gathering necessary tools such as primer, brushes and rollers, estimating square footage accurately to buy enough paint - all of which will help ensure that you have everything needed for a successful project.

Painting Your Foundation Wall

Now that the wall is cleaned, repaired, and prepped, we're ready to roll.

With brush in hand (or roller if you prefer), apply an even coat of paint to your walls, taking care not to leave any streaks or patches behind - including those hard-to-reach spots. Allow each layer of paint to dry completely before adding another until the desired coverage has been achieved.

If you want to give your painted walls some extra shine, use high gloss sealant once all coats have dried. This will add an extra layer of protection while giving it an eye-catching sheen.

Key Takeaway: After prepping the foundation wall for painting, use a brush or roller to apply an even coat of paint and sealant. Once all coats are dry, add high gloss sealant to give it extra shine while protecting against weathering elements; dispose of leftover supplies properly.

What's the takeaway?

Giving your foundation wall a fresh coat of paint can be the cherry on top for your curb appeal. Plus it adds a nice layer of protection and weatherproofing. The main takeaway is to work methodically, prep carefully, and use the correct product for your specific type of foundation.

Have more house painting questions? Let our team at Nash Painting help!