How to Paint Exterior Brick

Paint Exterior BrickBrick homes, albeit nice for design, are also notoriously known for being a pain when it comes to painting them.  Some people would rather just leave well enough alone, but let’s be honest, brick is like any other surface material, after a few years it sort of requires an update.  If you have a brick home and you are wanting to paint it, you might be hearing all sorts of horror stories about how difficult this will be, and while that’s technically true, if you have the right tools, know-how and knowledge (which you hopefully find in this article!) you can easily and efficiently paint your brick house without all the unneeded headaches that CAN come with this project.  Below you will find exact steps you need to take to paint brick, what you will need to paint, as well as some tips and tricks along the way.

Cleaning Brick

If you’ve ever painted or for that matter, cleaned a brick wall indoors, you know it takes a good bit of elbow grease to really clean all of the debris, soot, grease and grime off the wall.  And its hard work!  But, thankfully since you will be outdoors now, you can use a sort of shortcut.  It’s not a bad shortcut though, it’s just going to save you a lot of time and sore shoulders and arms; pressure washers!  If you have a smaller house, a regular old hose will probably do, but if you have a lot of surface brick, you are going to need something to save you time and a lot of pain and this is where the pressure washers come into play.  These washers will get rid of environmental issues like bird doodoo, mildew, pollen from trees and flowers, and mud.  Find a pressure washer that has at least 1500 PSI.  If you are finding that the pressure washer won’t remove things like paint that has leaked down from the home over the years and gone down to the brick, you can use a wire brush on a broom stick to scrub it away and then use the pressure washer or a hose to remove the paint from the wall.  Next apply a solution of 50/50 bleach and water – this helps also get rid of things like mildew.  Leave it on for about 25 minutes, scrub it with the wire brush and pressure wash or hose it down again.

Prepare the Surface

Just like when you paint indoors, you need to also protect things you don’t want paint on, when you paint brick on the exterior too.  This means covering up any windows and doors with plastic or newspapers so that they don’t get paint on them and attaching it to the windows and doors with painters tape.  You also want to cover any other areas you don’t want paint on as well such as eaves and gutters.  Make sure that you repair any cracked surfaces before painting with acrylic caulk.  Primer is also an important step in any paint project; even this one and you can do so with a sprayer or paint roller, whichever one works best for you.

Choose the Right Paint

If you’ve ever painted anything before, you know that choosing the right paint will get you the best results, look wise, but it will also ensure that they paint lasts for years to come.  One of the best types of paint to use is one with electrodynamics, this is essentially an ingredient in paint that is denser in paint and will help cover all those crevices, dents and small holes in the brick wall.  But, you will still have to apply two coats.  Elastodynamics is also beneficial because it helps repel water off of the house.  You should also be choosing a paint that is an acrylic latex. This will keep moisture off of the surface – which can create mildew and mold.

Paint the House

With any brick project, it’s a good idea to consider a lamb skin or lamb wool nap.  These naps tend to be much larger in width and length which means you can cover a lot more surface quickly and since the roller is so thick it can hold a lot of paint at once.  The lamb material also stays in step with the texture of brick.  If you would paint a regular wall with a lamb skin nap you would see a very blotchy texturized design going on within the wall.  Hence why its best used on rough or textured walls.

This is a pretty easy project, but it will take a good chunk of time out of your week.  This project tends to take somewhere between 3 days and 2 weeks depending on how big your house is and how much you have to do in terms of fixing the brick that is on the house right now, priming it, filling in holes, etc.  One of the better ways of going about this might be to just hire a painting contractor in Winnipeg to do all of the work for you.  It will cost a little more, but for most people, the cost definitely outweighs the responsibility and time it takes to do it on their own.  Definitely something to consider.

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