We do not know for what reasons you decided to apply a layer of paint to the brick, perhaps you are simply tired of the too brutal appearance of such a wall. In any case, you will have to prepare the masonry before applying paint..
There are three important processes to follow:
- Clean the brick wall from dirt, grease, efflorescence, mold – all dirt. This can be done with a simple soapy solution, but special means will be required to combat efflorescence and mold. Then the wall is washed with clean water.
- If the brickwork is damaged, there are cracks, chips, potholes – they must be putty.
- After the wall dries, a primer must be applied. Without this additional treatment, brickwork will be even more difficult to paint.!
As for the choice of the paint itself, you should first of all proceed from where exactly you will paint the brick. The facade, of course, requires special exterior paints. We wrote in detail about the choice of facade paint.
Interior paints are used inside the house, for example, acrylic, vinyl, mineral (cement), alkyd, silicone, water dispersion. You can also use oil paints, they will give the wall a special shine, but due to the complexity of working with them, such coatings are not very popular now.
Immediately, we note that it is quite difficult to paint uneven brickwork with a roller – the composition will not get into the seams. On the street, where you have to work on the facade of a large area, it is best to use a spray gun, a spray, it will greatly facilitate the work. It will be convenient to work in the house with a paint brush. A brush with a width of 6-10 cm, with artificial, high-quality bristles, is suitable.
However, if you decide to paint graffiti on the brickwork, highlight the seams between the bricks with paint, transfer the stencil drawing, you will have to use tools such as a thin brush, a sponge (it is convenient to work with a stencil) or a spray paint for graffiti. We also talked about the secrets of working with paint brushes.
Get ready for the fact that you have to apply paint to the brick in two or three layers, because, despite the preliminary priming, it will be difficult to create an even and beautiful layer on a porous brick from one time.
Let’s note such important points:
- Having decided to apply paint to the brickwork, remember – it will be almost impossible to return the brick to its original appearance! So think it over again.
- After a few years, no matter how strong and high-quality the paint is, it will begin to crack on the brick, crumble. Therefore, the coverage will have to be updated..