Vital Things You Need to Understand Before Painting a Brick


by Ray Malaski - October 2, 2017

Painting a Brick

Sometimes brick looks elegant — and sometimes it is an eyesore. Depending on the style you want for your home, a brick fireplace or wall may make or break your ideal ambiance.

While painting the brick in your home has been hailed as a natural DIY fix, it has its pitfalls. So, before you whip out your painter’s tape and rollers — there are some vital considerations to understand before tackling this home project.

 

Should You Paint Your Brick?

Think and consider thoroughly before you begin painting interior or exterior brick. Builders chose Brick as a building material because of its durable and built-in color — of which there are more choices today. Some people with brick structures don’t have any intention to paint over it. Long-term, maintenance-free painted brick needs careful planning and preparation. If you decide to paint your exterior brick walls, you should repaint it every three to five years.

For best results, it is best to hire a qualified professional painter to work on your brick.

Otherwise, if you have no plan on painting over your brick, consider using pressurized water to clean it. You can hire a professional to do this task for you. Pressurized cleaning restores the original color or your bricks.

The quality and the state of your brick should also help to determine your choice. Brick that is chipping, deteriorating, molding or in an overall lousy condition is always a flawed candidate for paint. Paint obstructs the natural orifices in the brick’s surface, which can prompt existing issues to become magnified over time. When water leaks through the mortar, it also seeps into the brick. Since paint covers the majority of the surface area, the trapped moisture cannot evaporate once the brick has been painted. It often causes the paint to chip off on its own.

Also, keep in mind that removing paint from bricks is not a simple process. You need to use chemicals, and too often the paint won’t come completely off. If you don’t like the look, you may be stuck with it.

 

Know The Brick Essentials

You have to be very cautious when you are altering the exterior design of a wall. You should ask yourself if you are just covering up an issue that you should address separately. If possible, get in touch with the original owner or the actual builder who erected the brick.

Some brick is purely ornamental covering for interior or exterior walls. That is why it is good to contact the person that may have put the bricks up. It is to uncover and determine any concerns that might arise.

Moisture is an issue that is usually obvious right off the bat. Water can seep into brick through its pores, incomplete mortar joints, copings, sills, and other gaps. Ensure that your brick is entirely dry before you apply paint to it. Doing so will lessen the risk of instant or long-term damage from happening.

The natural chemical characteristic of bricks may also affect your paint’s durability and longevity as well. Most bricks are neutral characteristic, but, mortar often has a base alkaline make-up. It can change most paint products, so applying alkaline-resistant primer is usually recommended.

The word “efflorescence” is the irritating white deposit that often appears on older brick walls. This residue is made up of sediments of water-soluble salt buildup; it is often caused by the moisture inside the brick itself. You should remove the efflorescence with some water and a stiff, sturdy brush before you start painting your brick. Then, just wait to see if it returns. If it does, you may have a more significant problem on your hands that requires professional help.

 

More Things To Know When Deciding To Paint Your Brick

Most project hiccups occur when people rush the preparation phase. If your brick is new and just recently laid, wait at least a year before painting it. That will allow ample time for the brick to dry, weather, and leach.

Remember to clean brickwork before painting it. Avoid the use of acid cleaning solutions when cleaning your brick. Acidic solutions can result in paint chipping. Just stick to the simple basics, use water and plain soap.

Also, remember that your home’s exterior and interior walls need different treatments. This is because exterior brick comes into contact with more ground and airborne elements. Use a porous paint for outer brick walls, since it allows the brick to breathe. For the inner brick walls, you also have the option to have them stained, rather than painted. Although staining can be a bit pricey, a brick stain seeps the pores of the brick, unlike paint, which just sits on its surface. It creates new color without some of the long-term risks that come with paint.

Painting your bricks can be a lot of work, which is also why professional painters are here to help you. These professionals know just what type of paint to use, and what color would be best for your brick walls. Get a quote now!
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