Do It! How to Paint Exterior Bricks
By: Thomas Boni
If you want to transform your home’s exterior and boost curb appeal, one option is to paint it.
To get this brick home ready for paint, we removed the shutters and pressure-washed the walls to clean off any dirt, mold and mildew. Next, we masked the windows and doors with painter’s tape and plastic to protect them.
The paint we’re using (mineral paint from Romabio tinted with Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige) is a mineral paint, which must be diluted prior to application. In this case, that means adding about 3 quarts of water to each bucket of paint before thoroughly mixing it.
To apply the paint, we’re using an airless spray system, which sucks the paint up from the bucket and pumps it through the spray gun at extremely high pressure, atomizing the paint into tiny droplets.
This allows us to cover a lot of ground quickly — but because bricks are such an irregular surface, we follow up the sprayer by “back brushing” the paint.
Soft masonry brushes help force the paint into all the grooves and crevices of the surface, to ensure that they are completely coated.
A spray shield is handy for working adjacent to surfaces that don’t need to be painted … like the soffits on this house.
As with any sprayer, a smooth, consistent spray pattern works best. After about four hours, we can apply a second coat, this time without back brushing.
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