Can you paint brick? Many homeowners wonder if brick can be painted on. Yes, you can paint brick but
it is a little different than painting on other surfaces. Like most exterior paint jobs, painting a brick house
requires you to have good weather conditions:
- You need a dry sunny day to start your brick painting.
Furthermore, brick needs special preparation. On top of preparing the brick, you will need to repair
damage to the surface of the brick walls. After this, you will have to protect the area around the brick
and remove fixtures. Lastly, you will paint the actual brick. You can use primer first and then paint or use
a primer + paint combo to get the painting job done. After all this, you’ll get your brick house looking
Painting a Brick House Summary
- The right weather
- Prepare the brick
- Repair damaged brick
- Protecting the area around from paint
- Primer and paint
Painting Brick in Nice Weather
Painting a brick house starts with appropriate weather. You will need a sunny and dry day to get started.
This is obviously due to the fact that there is a lot of drying that will need to be done. You will we
washing the brick with water which will need to dry off. Then there’s the paint its self. The time it takes
for the water and coats of paint to dry will depend a lot on your specific climate.
Cleaning the Brick
So, you picked a nice sunny day to start your project. Your next step now will be preparing the brick, this
means cleaning. One of the differences with brick is that brick develops efflorescence:
- Efflorescence is basically a salty buildup on rough surfaces.
To start the cleaning process, remove any removable fixtures that are on the brick wall. After the wall is
cleared of as many fixtures as possible is when you will use water to clean the surface. The best method
for cleaning the brick with water will be a professional power washer.
- You need a washer that can do around 3000 psi for a brick surface.
After the wash, let the brick completely dry. This could take a few hours depending on your climate.
Repair Damage to the Brick
Now that you have a nice clean brick surface you can start inspecting and repairing damage to the brick.
Most brick houses that have some age on them will have damage here and there, such as small holes.
You will use mortar that is suitable for brick. The best way to repair brick with mortar is using a caulking
gun. After you’ve repaired damage, wait for the mortar to dry.
Protect Areas From Paint
While you are waiting for the mortar to dry you can start protecting the areas you don’t want to get
paint on. This is obviously done by taping off areas you don’t want painted. Make sure you use good
quality painter’s tape.
- Quality tape will not leave residue after removal.
For large areas, you can tape on paper. You can buy big rolls of paper for this purpose. What a lot of
people don’t think about is the ground around the walls. There is probably a bunch of things here you
don’t want to get paint on, such as plants and decorations. You can use tarps to protect the area on the
ground around the brick walls.
Painting the Brick
Now comes the actual painting. You want to use a small paint brush for edges and a paint roller for large
surfaces. The amount of paint you need will depend on the amount of surface area your house has:
- Brick has more surface area that other smooth surfaces due to the porous nature of brick.
- Consult an expert of how much paint you need for your surface area of brick.
When selecting your paint, make sure it is appropriate for a brick surface. While you are painting, you’ll
need more paint than normal on your brush due to the porous brick. If you want to go the primer then
paint route, do three coats of primer and let each coat properly dry. Then do the same with your desired
paint. With a primer and paint combo, you can just do three coats. And if you want your home looking
amazing, we suggest using a professional.