5 Steps to Painting Brick
Is painting exterior brick a good idea? Yes, it may seem like a hefty task, but painting the brick of your home can really add some pop to the curb appeal of your investment. While this is a very satisfying way to upgrade your exterior, it is important to do things right the first time. Consider these steps when painting brick, or your paint job will not last very long.
Before You Paint Brick
1. Power Wash Your Brick Before Painting
You must power wash the brick before putting primer or paint onto the surface. If this step is missed or skipped, you are not painting brick…you are painting the dust and pollutants that are ON the brick. A nice cleaning just to dust off the cobwebs will do wonders for your project’s lifespan and quality.
2. Apply a Coating Product That Bonds to Brick
One of the most important steps in the process of painting brick is choosing the correct products. When applying paint to brick, a preliminary bonding coat is required. Make sure that if it is available, you start the coating process off with a masonry primer. Loxon by Sherwin Williams is a really good place to start. Once the bonding coat has dried, the brick should be ready for some latex topcoats.
While Painting Brick
3. Apply More Than One Coat of Paint
The best way to paint the brick of your house is to prime the surface with one coat of masonry primer, and then follow that with two coats of premium latex paint. Some painting contractors will try and get away with one thick coat. Using only one coat of paint without primer will not cover properly. This will seriously diminish the life of your paint job. When using thicker products, some contractors will want to dilute the paint or primer by adding water to it. This is a step that depletes the quality of the product. We do not recommend doing this a Elite Pro Painting.
It is important to paint the brick of your home in the recommended range of temperatures according to the manufacturer of the paint. You can find this information on the paint can, or on any related data sheet. This temperature is usually no less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Contact a Professional
While these tips will definitely come in handy, painting brick is no easy task. If you are unsure of yourself, it is always worth the time to contact a professional. The last thing you want to do is try and save a few bucks by doing it yourself and end up ruining the project and wasting your money anyway. Elite Pro Painting is passionate about making beautiful things, and we would love to help. Contact us for a free quote, or just to ask a question!