HOW DO YOU PAINT BRICK : The natural beauty of bricks creates a rustic feel and adds personality to a room. But, too many bricks (especially in a small room) can make it feel unwelcoming. To solve this problem, read this guide to find out how to paint bricks.
Materials and tools needed:
- Paint Roller
- Wire Scrub Brush
- Masonry or Latex Paint
- Latex Primer
- Drop Cloths
- Trisodium Phosphate (if necessary
1. Before You Paint
After putting in bricks, allow the cement mortar to dry for a month before checking for obvious defects, such as the presence of crystal salts on the surface. As an added precaution, wipe the bricks with a solution of white vinegar and water and let them dry.
Before painting, make sure the brickwork is dry and there are no leaks, and fill any holes with mortar before painting. Wipe down the brick wall with water to remove any buildup and place tape underneath any areas you don’t want to paint.
Clean the bricks thoroughly with a wire brush and water. Remove any dirt, dust, or any other materials with the trisodium phosphate and water mixture. Wear gloves while handling TSP and goggles while cleaning after each application. Wait 24 hours before painting.
Apply the primer with a roller or brush if necessary. If the brick was affected by mildew or buildups, you need to add additional layers. Before you start painting, make sure the coatings are completely dry.
4. Choose Your Colors
Bricks in particular work best with elastodynamic paint because it fills in any cracks and prevents new ones from surfacing. Furthermore, elastodynamic paint behaves well in any weather conditions – both with regards to humidity and rain.
The acrylic latex paint is another option, especially if the brickwork is outside. It is resistant to mildew and repels moisture.
5. Paint the Brick
The method of applying paint depends on the surface. Using a brush or a roller will depend on whether the paint is heat-resistant. For example, if you’re painting your fireplace, you need heat-resistant paint.
A paint sprayer is more prevalent these days, but you can also use rollers or brushes for surfaces like bricks. Make sure your paint reaches all the cracks and crevices; if needed, you can apply another coat of paint.
6. Ideas for a Creative Brickwork
If you want to add some extra personality, do not hesitate to get creative. Some ideas include:
- If the bricks are not damaged or old, stain them instead of painting them.
- To combine colors, pick different hues.
- Choose bold colors if the other elements of the design allow it.
- It is important to use acrylic caulk if there are any cracks in the brick.