How to Paint an Exterior Brick Wall: Step-by-Step Guide


by Ray Malaski - August 25, 2017

Exterior Brick Wall

There is no doubt that homes with exterior brick wall look exquisite. It is either left in their raw, natural form or painted over.  Choosing between the two comes down to personal preference. But here is a lot to know about painting exterior brick if you decide to go with the latter.

First of all, you should be aware of the cons that come with painting exterior brick. If you don’t like the color or finish of the result, it is near impossible to remove the paint. Which only means you will have to paint over it.

Again, it is challenging to achieve the desired finish when repainting brick. So you should also know that exterior brick requires being painted more often than cemented walls. Of course, the pure beauty of exterior brick finished with a complementing color is worth the cost and upkeep for most.

 

Step-by-step Guide on Exterior Brick  Wall Painting

 

1. The Prep Work

Cleaning your brick wall is important when painting your exterior brick. You can do this with pressure washing or use soapy water and a hard-bristled brush. Consult with professional painters about the intensity of water pressure on the type of brick wall you are cleaning. This is to avoid damaging it.

For mold or fungi build up on the wall, you will need to use bleach and water to clean the brick. Remember, brick wall takes at least 24 hours to dry up completely; sometimes longer. Avoid painting until you are 100{d66e8711958bc38357d9dc4db5796dd3ddf357caefd002b39d512753dca771c4} sure that the exterior is dry.

 

2. Choosing the Paints

Leave your brick wall to dry and put the paints in the meantime. For exterior brick, there are a couple of color options to choose from.

Acrylic-latex paints are your best bet as their satin finish makes them water and mold resistant. They are also easy to clean in removing stains and do not fade or crack easily. Bear in mind that the performance of your paint mostly depends on the prepping of your brick wall.

 

3. Prime Exterior Brick

If your brick is already sanded or smoothened, the priming can begin. If not, you will need to sand the bricks to make them smooth for a better finish.

An 80 grit paper works well for brick. Next, prime the wall with a high-quality primer such as latex masonry. Wait until the primer dries completely before you begin painting your exterior brick.

 

4. Paint Exterior Brick

Use a roller for the job with a thickness of 3 to 4 inches so that crevices are not missed. Painting brick is pretty much the same as painting cemented walls. As long as you do the right prep work and prime, the result should be just fine.

Use two coats of paint for your exterior brick but this, of course, depends on the color you are using. Allow the paint to dry after one coat and observe whether it needs another coat.



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