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How to Waterproof a Cinderblock Wall

Turn damp spaces into usable square footage by waterproofing cinderblock walls. The waterproof walls can then be painted any color of your choice or covered with paneling or sheetrock.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Ensure That Wall Is Clean and Dry

Scrape off any peeling paint and sweep down walls to remove dirt or debris. The wall surface must be clean and dry before beginning.

Step 2: Patch Holes

Patch any holes in the wall with expanding hydraulic cement. Allow cement to dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Paint Wall

Paint the cinder block wall with a thick coat of masonry waterproofing paint, pushing paint into cracks and crevices of block. A paint roller or brush made specifically for masonry is best. Allow to dry overnight or for a minimum of 12 hours between coats.

Step 4: Add Finish Coats

Cover the wall with a second thick coat and, if needed, a third coat. For the wall to be waterproof, the paint needs to thoroughly cover the cinderblock with none of the block showing through.

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