Brick has a natural appeal that adds charm and character to any interior. If you want to paint or white wash your fireplace or brick accent wall, follow this guide to start on a firm footing. The rugged, natural look and texture of brick will enhance the other surrounding interior characteristics!
Tools and Materials Needed:
1. Drop Cloths/rags
2. Wire scrub brush
3. Blue Painter’s tape
4. Paintbrush or two
5. Paint roller/sprayer
6. Latex masonry primer
7. High grade latex paint
8. Soap and Water
9. Caulk or patch
10. Trisodium phosphate (if needed)
Step 1: Prep Work
Scrub the brick surfaces with a wire brush and soapy water. Remove and clean all dirt and any streaky white deposit. You can mix trisodium phosphate and water to clean the surface if it's not easy to clean. Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect from splatter.
If there is mildew on the brick, apply the trisodium phosphate solution on it and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Scrub with a wire brush and ensure it is clean. This will save the harsh smell of using bleach.
Avoid using any acidic product on the brick because it will affect the project.
Let the brick dry completely and check for cracks. If there are cracks, fill with an acrylic caulk.
Step 2: Prime the Brick
Depending on the surface of the brick, use a brush, roller, or sprayer to apply a coat of latex primer or masonry conditioner on the brick. Add more coats on areas suffering from mildew. Allow the primer to dry completely before taking further steps. At this point, you are well on your way!
Step 3: Choose Your Preferred Paint
There are different options to choose from. You can select acrylic latex or masonry paint. Choose the paint that best suits your preference. For white washing a paint/glaze mix may bring out your effect quite effectively.
Step 4: Apply Paint
Using a paint sprayer is the best and easiest way to paint brick. However, a paintbrush or roller usually are needed to work the products into the pores. Either will work effectively for painting brick. Choose a roller with a thick nap for best results, because of its effectiveness getting in the grooves on an irregular surface.
Experts recommend using semi-gloss or gloss paint whether painting interior or exterior if your wanting to accent the details of the brick, also because it is easier to clean over time.
So yes, with some thought, preparation and some effort, you really can get rid of that old drab, outdated brick in your home! If the thought of handling the task is daunting; contact the professionals!
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