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How to: Paint Exterior Foundation Walls

Painting the exterior foundation walls of your home can add curb appeal and protect the walls from moisture and weather damage. Here are the steps to follow when painting your exterior foundation walls:

  1. Clean the walls: Start by removing any dirt, dust, or debris from the walls with a pressure washer or a stiff-bristled brush and water. Allow the walls to dry completely before proceeding.

  2. Repair any cracks or damage: Inspect the walls for any cracks or damage that need to be repaired. Use a concrete patch or caulk to fill in any gaps or cracks.

  3. Prime the walls: Apply a coat of concrete or masonry primer to the walls. This will help the paint adhere better and provide an additional layer of protection. Allow the primer to dry completely.

  4. Paint the walls: Choose a paint that is specifically designed for exterior use and can withstand the elements. Use a paint roller or brush to apply the paint in even strokes, working in small sections at a time. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a second coat, if needed.

  5. Clean up: Clean up any paint drips or spills with a damp rag or sponge. Dispose of any paint cans or brushes according to local regulations.

When painting your exterior foundation walls, it's important to choose the right type of paint and primer, as well as to prepare the surfaces properly. By following these steps, you can ensure that your exterior foundation walls are protected and look great for years to come.


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