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How to Paint Brick Homes

By September 18, 2021September 30th, 2021Home

Painting exterior brick can be a simple way to give your home a fresh makeover. Brick paint can increase your home’s curb appeal and maybe even its resale value. Painted brick homes are easier to clean since the paint provides a smooth finish over the usually porous bricks while acting as a sealant and protecting them from the elements. Read on to learn more about how to paint brick homes.


How to paint brick

Once you have decided that painting your exterior brick is a fun DIY project for you to tackle, you will need to take a few precautions and follow some procedures. Doing so will ensure that your house is painted correctly and looks exactly as you had hoped it would.

First, the precautions:

Painting exterior brick should be done to enhance the look of your home (not hide its issues). Do not paint over bricks on which mold is growing as a way of concealing it. Also, never paint bricks that are chipped or deteriorating. Damaged bricks are prone to moisture problems, and painting over them will only make the situation worse.

Be sure to choose the best paint for exterior brick. Since brick is quite porous, you should select a high-quality masonry paint—and perhaps a brick primer–to ensure long-lasting results.

Next, follow these steps:


1. Clean and prepare the bricks

Paint will adhere better to the brick surface if it is free of dirt and powdery deposits caused by moisture. Soap and water, along with a stiff brush, should get the job done.  However, if you own a pressure washer, or are willing to rent one, you will save a lot of time on the cleaning, especially if you have a relatively larger home. If you see mildew, use a solution of one part bleach to three parts water. Allow it to soak for about half an hour, then scrub the spot with a wire brush.

After you finish cleaning the bricks, allow them to dry for at least 24 hours before you begin painting.


2. Apply the primer

Once again, if you are working on your entire home, a spray painter will minimize the time it takes. If time is not  an issue, a roller and brush will do just fine. Apply extra coats of primer to those areas where you found mildew or efflorescence (those white powdery deposits). No matter how many coats of primer you use, always let it dry completely before going any further.


3. Choose the paint

Many professionals favor elastomeric paint for bricks. As the term implies, it has a high level of elasticity, which both fills and prevents cracks in the brick. These paints have a reputation for performing well in rainy and humid climates.

If you cannot find, or do not wish to spend the extra money, on an elastomeric coating, you can use an acrylic latex exterior paint. Acrylic latex is an excellent choice because it withstands mildew and evaporates any moisture that it absorbs quickly. Many professionals use semi-gloss or gloss paint as  it tends to accentuate the brick’s details and is easier to clean.


4. Apply the paint

As with the brick primer, the easiest and fastest method to coat bricks is to spray-paint them. Several manufacturers produce spray painters designed for the weekend do-it-yourselfer.

If you are not comfortable using a spray painter, or the area is too small to justify one, rollers and brushes will be sufficient. If you choose to use a roller, be sure to pick one with a thick roller nap that will get the paint into the irregularities of the brick surface.

While it sounds as though painting the outside brick on your home comes with several advantages, it is also a home improvement that comes with a few considerations:

  • Painting over your brick is permanent: Once the brick is painted, it must stay painted. You can, however, change the color as often as you wish.
  • Paint can chip due to moisture: Too much moisture is a concern, especially when it is close to the ground. Repainting every ten years or so can prevent the chipping and give your painted brick home a fresh look.
  • You will probably need to clean the exterior of your home more frequently since dirt is more noticeable on a painted surface.
  • Unless you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you should hire a professional who already knows the best way to paint brick.


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