What to do with basement walls

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Old 09-20-10, 01:25 PM
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Question What to do with basement walls

I am not trying to "finish" my basement, but I am trying to make it a nicer place to have stuff stored, do laundry, etc. I'm not sure what to do with the basement walls.

I live in a row home in Philadelphia that was built in 1920. The foundation walls are stone, and seem to be in pretty good shape. I do have some moisture issues, but the walls are never wet to the touch. Also, they have been painted before - looks like very old paint. I have no way of knowing if this is masonry paint, drylock, regular paint, or what. There are large places where the paint has come off and the stone is exposed, but most of the paint is still intact, just very dirty. I want to coat the walls with something just to make it look nicer, but I'm not sure what to use. I thought about Drylok, but I read that it doesn't work over existing paint. Removing this paint isn't an option. Should I just use masonry paint? Will the drylok do something good even if it isn't the ideal situation? Is there another product I should consider? Thanks so much!
Jeannie
 
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Old 09-20-10, 05:15 PM
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Dryloc doesn't go very far. Scrape what's lose & use a masonry paint.
 
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