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Great Answers: Should I paint my brick home?October 10th, 2017 by
Bricks have been used as building materials for centuries because of their durability, vibrant color, and cost-efficiency. When made right, a brick building can last for several decades, if not longer. Unfortunately, the dark-red pigment does not suit the style of every home. In addition, brick can deteriorate over time causing a home to appear outdated.
While bricks are not intended to be painted, it can be done with the right materials and procedures. Homeowner Bekah Taylor asked the industry professionals on GuildQuality Answers for advice on painting her brick home, with the concern that it might require more additional maintenance and work in the long run. Here’s what they had to say:
“It is perfectly fine to paint brick, but here are some things to consider. First, you need to clean the brick. I recommend a thorough power-wash with a 25 degree tip. Keep the nozzle back at least six inches while you are doing this. Then, rub your fingertips across the brick and mortar. If a lot of particles are dislodged, you need to apply a masonry conditioner. This will help bind the particles together. If no particles, or very few, are dislodged, apply a masonry primer. Remember to let the surface dry for at least three days after the power-wash. After the primer or conditioner has dried, apply a high quality latex or elastomeric paint. One proviso: Do not paint the brick if it is horizontal like the top of a planter because it will peel very quickly.”
“I have seen cases where moisture was trapped behind the paint causing the brick to deteriorate and flake off. However, a painting company should be able to recommend a specific paint that will be appropriate for this application.”
“If you currently have a house that is part brick and part siding (as opposed to all brick), paint it. If it’s all brick with only wood trim accents, get a designers opinion. Be sure to use a premium bonding latex primer (like Gripper) and finish coat if you decide to paint. It’ll make the house appear bigger and cleaner. Most moisture will work its way through premium latex finishes and if it’s enough moisture coming through the wall to deteriorate brick or cause your paint to peel, you’ve got a bigger issue to address.”
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