To paint brick or not to paint brick… that is the question!

Painting brick is something that people are very passionate about… that is they are either very passionate about the idea of not painting brick or painting it. Many people I’ve talked to over the years believe it could ruin the look and integrity of the area you’re looking to paint, while others think it’s a great alternative to covering or removing the brick.  We all know that paint is the most cost effective way to change one’s space and it applies to brick as well.

If you’re going to paint the brick then we thought we’d give you a few tips to get the job done… let’s assume you’ve already made the momentous decision to paint brick, and you just need a tutorial. One tip right off the bat: the key to successful brick painting is in the preparation!

First let’s start with what you’ll need:

  • Brick Conditioner
  • Exterior Masonry & Stucco Paint
  • Hand Wire Brush
  • Bucket
  • Mild Detergent
  • Garden Hose or Power Washer
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Roller/Roller Cover designed for b
* be sure to check with our experts at Color Company so they’re able get you the best product to complete your project.

  1. Efflorescence is that white, chalky stuff that appears on brick. If you have any efflorescence, then you need to remove by hand wire brushing without water.
  2. Does your brick have large cracks? Brush them out with the wire brush so that any loose material is removed. Seal with pure acrylic or silicone/acrylic caulk
  3. Often, the mortar is crumbling or even missing. This means that you need to repoint your mortar. Keep in mind, too, that deeply inset or missing mortar means that your painting job will be that much harder.
  4. Scrub down bricks with mild detergent and scrub brush. Or use a power washer. If you have moss, mold, and/or mildew, remove by adding 1 part of ordinary household bleach to 3 parts water.
  5. Wait for brick to dry. We mean it! Let bricks dry thoroughly before attempting to paint. Because brick is very porous, it may feel dry to the touch but is wet inside. You may want to let a day or two of dry weather pass before attempting to paint.
  6. Roll, brush, or spray on coat of conditioner paint.
  7. Let the conditioner dry for 3 hours. Be careful not to let too much time pass or the surface will get dirty and need to be recleaned.
  8. Paint with a coat of 100% acrylic elastomeric wall coating.
  9. Let dry thoroughly.
  10. Paint second coat of elastomeric wall coating.
Good luck with the project!

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