Brick is beautiful. It can also look outdated- think brick paired with brass. So what to do? How can you change the look of your brick without losing the beauty of it? It’s a great question that many homeowners in Vancouver, WA have asked of their local painters.
Patience is Key
Painting brick is no more challenging than painting walls or trim. It can, however, take significantly longer to paint. The reason for the increased painting time is that brick needs to be painted from all sides. Unlike a wall or trim, brick has all kinds of nooks and crannies that need some paint love. Think top, bottom, side, side, and face. Not to mention painting the grout between the bricks.
How Many Coats?
Bricks and grout both have a very porous surface, which can make it so bricks require several coats of paint before an even look can be achieved. After each coat, you will want to back brush between the bricks to assure paint gets into all the crevices. Figure you will do a minimum of 2 coats, possibly 3-4 total before the project is finished. Typically allowing each coat an hour to dry in-between will yield you better coverage and an even finish.
Methods of Application
When you’re painting brick, take time to carefully consider how you apply whatever product you choose to use. You’ll need to do several coats of paint, so planning how you apply can really save you time and money.
There are two general ways to apply your product to your brick. You can use a brush and roller or an airbrush painter. Typically professional residential home painters will have access to an airbrush painter. By using an airbrush, residential painters can apply the product faster and more evenly than with a roller and brush alone.
Using a brush and roller is budget-friendly and can yield beautiful results. This method does take more time. The technique with this application method is everything. Be sure, after a full pass over the surface with the roller, you take the time to back-brush between the bricks. This step is imperative to get great results.
Products to Paint Brick
Selecting the right product for your brick can take time and you’ll have to wade through several different products to find the right one for your home. Some Vancouver WA homeowners choose to use regular household paint on brick. Using household paint does get the job done, however, latex paint sits on top of the bricks surface, meaning that over the years you might see some peeling.
Another option for homeowners looking to paint their brick is to use a concrete stain. Concrete stain comes in different colors and, unlike paint, it will absorb into the brick and grout. Using concrete stain will prevent peeling and keep your brick looking fresh for years to come.
Choosing to paint your brick can be a tough decision, when in doubt call a local residential painter, like Corbin Painting. They’ll be able to tell you the best product to use as well as give you a quote for the work.