If you home is a brick house, give the exterior brick a facelift with a new paint color. Painting the brick on your home will not only freshen it up, but it will be the newest house on the block. Painting your brick home is a definite challenge and will take a good amount of time, but once completed, it will have a priceless look.
Before choosing to paint your brick home, look at the brick to make sure you want to commit yourself to the project. Once the brick is painted, you will have to maintain the paint over time to keep the look fresh and new. Painting over damaged brick is a great choice to make. As brick wears over time, it can become discolored and faded loosing the potential it once had. Once you have made the final decision to paint, you need to select the proper paint and the color of your choice.
Choose paint with an elastomeric base. This product is thick and will cover the bricks with ease. Since it has a thick base, the bricks will be covered quickly and will only require a couple of coats. Before you begin to paint, you will want to clean off the brick. Many brick homes will have a residue on the brick call efflorescence. Efflorescence is the white discoloring or staining that is created from water. Water has a natural salt in it and when it comes in contact with the brick the salt and water leave the white residue behind. These discolored and stained marks can be removed with plain water and a brush.
Scrub the bricks clean before coating the bricks with the elastomeric paint you have chosen. If the efflorescence doesn’t not come off with water and a brush, use a muriatic acid that has been diluted with water. When you apply this mixture, protect your hands and skin by wearing the proper gloves and clothing. If the acid comes in contact with your skin, you can receive burns that will need to be treated.
Now you are ready to prep the brick for paint. Go along the bricks and find cracks that have occurred. These cracks need to be cleaned out with a brush or vacuum. The loose debris can create your paint to clump if not removed. Once the dust and debris has been removed, seal the cracks that have been found along your brick home. A silicone or 100% acrylic sealer caulk will seal the cracks and keep moisture from seeping into your brick. The sealer requires three to five hours to dry. Once dry, test the area to see if you need to add more silicone or acrylic sealer caulk to keep the cracks sealed.
Prime the brick with a base coat of primer before you apply the paint color you have chosen. Priming the brick will allow the paint color that you will apply to stick to the brick quicker and longer. Primer also allows the paint color to be bold and bright, instead of dull and dingy. Apply the primer to each brick and the concrete in between. The more coverage of primer you use, the longer your paint will last. If the original brick color is still coming through strong, apply a second coat of primer before you paint the bricks with the elastomeric paint.
Painting a brick home can be tricky. Hire the professionals at Brush Brothers Painting today for all your interior and exterior home painting needs.