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Do It! How to Paint Exterior Bricks

By: Thomas Boni

Use an airless sprayer and follow it up with a paintbrush to make quick work of painting a brick home.

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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    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 22nd, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing that, Laurie! We’re glad to have you as a new fan.
    Please share our show with friends. Sharing is caring! 🙂

  • Laurie Ream Says:
    April 21st, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I absolutely loved episode 952, which aired in North Central Texas on April 21, 2019. Every new element done, to improve the curb appeal of the home, gave me inspiration for updating my own home. A beautiful job guys! This episode was very informative, fun to watch, and has made me a fan of TODAYS HOME OWNER. I also love CHECKING IN WITH CHELSEA (She’s amazing!) Danny and Chelsea are great hosts and creators! GO YA’LL !

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 9th, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Hi, Frankie! Always check the gel stain’s directions for its intended application, but in the meantime, you can turn to polyurethane finishes that imitate wood stain.
    For the ceiling, we used Behr Snowmelt in Flat sheen. The homeowners loved it!

  • Frankie Haygood Says:
    April 20th, 2019 at 10:59 am
    Can you use gel stain on plastic shutters?
    What brand is The Haint Blue pain color for the ceiling?

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Do It! How to Paint Exterior Bricks