Painting Over A Brick Surface
Painting over a brick surface is a little different than painting over a wooden surface, and there are a few considerations that need to be addressed before you begin this type of project. Depending on the location of your brick-painting project, whether it is indoors or outdoors, will depend on how you prepare, and plan, for the process. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that you should prepare accordingly prior to the commencement of the project, and ensure that you have a bit of patience in your repertoire, too.
If you are painting bricks that are located outside of your home, the first thing that you should do is to clean them as good as you possibly can, but do not use a pressure washer on a brick surface. The force that is associated with a pressure washer can damage the surface of the brick, or can damage the mortar that is used between the bricks. Using a garden hose should be sufficient, as well as a broom or soft-bristle brush, in order to remove all dirt, debris, spider webs, and any other substance that may interfere with the painting process. Once the surface is cleaned, repair any mortar work that is in need of repair and allow the mortar to dry for several days before proceeding. Exterior latex-based paint should be used on the brick surface, because brick needs to breathe, and moisture needs to be able to escape from the bricks. You may need to apply a second or third coating of paint, in order to achieve a uniform, consistent look all across the brick’s surface.
If you have a brick-painting project that is indoors, the process is actually very similar to exterior brick painting. The first step is to ensure that your brick surface is cleaned and free of dust, dirt, grime, etc. You may use a vacuum, a broom, a dust rag, or a soft-bristle brush to achieve a clean surface. Make sure to inspect the mortar prior to painting, and repair any that is in need of repair. Using latex-based paint is also recommended for interior paint projects, and you may also need to apply 2-3 coats of paint for complete coverage. Make sure to wait at least 30-60 minutes between coats, in order to allow the paint to dry sufficiently.
Painted brick surfaces, both indoors and outdoors, can provide for an interesting appearance, and often adds a lot of character to a home. With a little bit of proper preparation and a bit of patience, too, you can achieve a look that will enhance your home quite dramatically.
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