Painting bricks is not easy as they absorb paint due to their porous nature. So before painting the bricks, you need to do the preparation first. Painting the brick exterior of your home or painting a brick house is not easy as you have to fulfil some requirements beforehand so that the bricks don’t absorb much paint. Let’s see what tips and tricks you can follow to paint the brick house:
Take a hose and spray the brick surface. It is to remove the dirt, dust and any other type of tiny particles from the bricks effectively. Put water in pressure if mud is accumulated on the bricks or layers of dirt are there which are not washable with light pressure. Use a pressure washer offering 1500 PSI. Take hold of a brush and remove the white stains from the bricks which can be deposits of salt or efflorescence. Then to get free of mildew, mix bleach and water and apply this solution on the bricks. Let the solution rest for about 20 minutes on the bricks and scratch the bricks with a hard brush.
Take a newspaper and cover up all the windows and doors. Using a painter tape, fix the newspaper to the windows and doors. This way you can cover other areas as well which you don’t want to paint. It’s the time to repair cracks now. Widen the cracks of bricks using a scraper. And seal the cracks taking hold of acrylic caulk. But before that wipe off the dust from the cracks and let the caulk sit in the cracks for around 5-6 hours. Next, use latex primer to apply on the surface of the bricks with a paint roller, brush or sprayer. The areas that are affected by efflorescence needs to be coated with extra coats of primer more than the other areas.
Now you have to choose the type of paint for painting a brick house. Go for elasto dynamics paint as it is quite dense to fill in the cracks beautifully in all the bricks. Apply two coats of this paint where you think there are more cracks. This paint is well known to repel water from the bricks to secure the bricks when there is bad weather. Head over to any home improvement store and buy elasto dynamics paint.
To paint the exteriors, select acrylic latex paint. This paint is well known to prevent mildew while keeping the moisture away from the brick surface. It can also be bought from home improvement stores easily. What you need to do is apply only one coat of this paint and go for the second one if you see any white spots behind the first coat. Apply the second coat only on those areas.
Take a paint sprayer and apply the paint. Sprayer is more easy to use and gives faster access but it is expensive than the paint brush. So if you don’t want to spend that much, you can buy paint brush instead. Simply spray the paint with sprayer side to side and keep covering the bit of already painted areas.
For brick painting, you can also use paint rollers. They are big and expensive as compared to paint brushes but not costlier than sprayers. Rollers are a good alternative to brushes and paint the house fast but not fast than paint sprayers. All you need to do is start painting the house from the top and keep moving the roller up and down covering all the brick area. Slowly move the roller across the bricks to paint all the sections. If you leave any spot uncovered with a roller, get your hands on paintbrush or paint sprayer and paint those areas. Areas like siding of the doors or windows or hard to reach areas cannot be painted with a roller or sprayer. So you have to use the paintbrush in that case to get full coverage of the bricks.
Now wait for the paint to dry.
If needed, apply the second coat of paint. It depends upon the type of paint you are using. So read the instructions on the paint bucket to get a better idea.
So guys, this was all about painting the brick house. I hope you understand the topic well. If not, read the article again and paint your own brick house. Some experts say using glossy paint for exterior brick and semi glossy paint for interiors. Both of the paints are fine as compared to other paints and easy to clean as well if any stains are found.
Now I would like you to read this small section on staining. Staining is another method to paint the brick house and it is easy and quick than the typical painting method. It is a good option to cover the texture of bricks.
To prepare the bricks for staining, the preparation is same as in painting. Simply clean the surface with water and let it dry completely before starting the process of staining. Seal the areas you don’t want to paint using a painter tape or newspaper.
Take out the brush from the staining kit and test the stain. Do the testing on unnoticeable part of the brick. You can darken or lighten the stain by adding water to it. Once when you get satisfied with the color tone, it’s the right time to spread the stain on the bricks by the brush. You need to move the brush uniformly to get rid of the patches. Or if you want to get more uniformity in the staining, wipe off the stain with a rug from the brick. Spread the stain on the bricks and wait for 24 hours to let the stain blend in.
Apply second coat the next day.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to wear gloves and goggles while staining the bricks.