09:00AM | 08/19/10
Member Since: 08/18/10
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I have decided to paint my 1950s brick ranch house (don't like color of brick) and I'd like advice on proper prep and types of paint I should choose; I have not hired a contractor as of yet but want to be knowledgeable regarding process and any gotchas; additionally the front of house faces due west and is hit hard with full sun in the southeast. From what I've read it sounds like pressure wash 1 month before, fix mortar, prime and paint. But, use brush, roller, or spray? Type of paint is best for my situation? I have all those kinds of questions.....


06:36PM | 08/20/10
Member Since: 07/28/02
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You are correct in washing to remove dirt and mildew and fixing the mortar joints.

I would prime with Benjamin Moore Alkyd Masonry Primer/Sealer. You need an alkyd/oil primer to hold back the clay staining that often is found in brick. Then finish with two coats of Benjamin Moore Moor Life Acrylic Flat or Moore Gard Acrylic Low Lustre depending on your desired sheen. The second coat of finish will give you several years more of duability over one coat.

The preferred application method for me would be spray followed by back rolling. This gets plenty of paint on the surface and pushes it down into the pores of the brick.

Hope this helps out.


08:06PM | 10/30/11
Member Since: 07/06/09
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i wouldn't paint it if i were you, unless you had someone professionally doing it


05:12PM | 07/09/12
Member Since: 05/06/12
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Using a sprayer would save you a lot of time. But painting bricks can be very hard because they absorb the paint.


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