Painting Your Brick House? – Yes!

Painting Your Brick House? – Yes!

I spoke with a client today who needs some exterior painting in Canton. She initially called to schedule a free painting estimate for her exterior trim. While we were talking about color choices, she told me how frustrated she was because the wooden trim was the only thing on her home she could change up because the rest of her home is brick. She was thrilled to learn otherwise! Brick can be painted inside and out with long lasting, beautiful results – as long as the right preparation and materials are used.

Painting your brick home can dramatically change your exterior!

Painting your brick home can dramatically change your exterior!

Painting Exterior Brick

Painting exterior brick areas is a great way to change the look and feel of your home without doing a major remodel. A home with a lot of brick can sometimes look dark or out dated. Adding some paint can make the highlight the features you love and conceal your least favorite areas. Whether it’s the entire exterior, a decorative pillar, a fence, or any other brick feature, take a closer look at using paint to dress things up. The majority of people who choose painting exterior brick walls will choose a lighter color, such as white or other light shades. The look is very clean and fresh, and makes the home look almost new again. As a professional painting company, we advise that before you start painting your bricks, you do a little research and get a professional opinion – it’s worth it in the long run.

Thorough Preparation For Exterior Painting

Surface preparation is always important when painting and is especially important for exterior painting brick. When researching quality brick painting, the first thing I learned was that if the brick area is new, you should let it age for at least a year before painting. This allows any ore in the brick to leech out. If you don’t wait, then the leeching will discolor the paint. When you (and the brick) are ready, you should have the exterior pressure the areas thoroughly (but gently!) and allow it to dry for three to four days. Brick takes much longer than other surfaces to dry because it’s so porous and holds extra moisture even when it feels dry to the touch. Once the brick work is clean and dry it’s time to apply the primer coat. There are several kinds of primer paints designed especially for brick and other masonry materials, so read the manufacturer recommendations and choose the one that best matches your circumstances. After the primer is completely dry you can apply a top coat of paint in the color of your choice. It is a great idea to apply two coats of exterior top coat to get the best sealing of the brick and the best looking color. Choose the highest quality 100% acrylic latex paint you can find so that the paint will last longer and not need repainting as often.

Painting Interior Brick

Adding new life and energy into a dingy fireplace or brick wall is possible with the right prep work and paint. The particular steps you use will depend on the cleanliness and condition of the brick and mortar. Priming and painting interior brick is relatively straight forward, but intensive. A 100% acrylic universal primer is a good choice. Pick one that dries fast and allows quick application of the finish paint. You have a large amount of paint types and finishes to choose from. Painting interiors with brick will take more time and effort than an ordinary wall. Quality interior 100% acrylic paint will be the easiest to use and has a low odor. Oil based paint can be used, but it will not provide any real benefits over a good acrylic.The amount of primer and paint needed to paint brick is a bit higher than a normal wall – again because of how porous it is.

Painting brick on the interior can give your fireplace a whole new look.

Painting brick on the interior can give your fireplace a whole new look.

Residential Painting Color Consutation

Whether your interested in giving a fresh face to your interior or interior brick, it can be done and we’re here to help! Call us for a free residential painting color consultation any time – they’re my favorite calls!

2 thoughts on “Painting Your Brick House? – Yes!

  1. I painted my bricks and now I have regrets. It is a bit dark and unnatural looking. Any suggestions??

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