Edmonton’s Top Painters Presents: How To Paint Over Your Outdated Brick

The city of Edmonton has been around since 1785 (known simply as Fort Edmonton then) and is home to many historic buildings and Victorian styled homes.  Both, of which, are famous for incorporating brick into the architecture.

Brick can be a beautiful element to any room or home exterior. In fact, many interior designers love to utilize brick to add charm and texture to a space; however, brick done wrong can also make a room feel cold, dated, and dark.

Do you have an older home with outdated brick? Or, perhaps that old brick around your fireplace could use some sprucing up?

Edmonton’s most trusted painters, are here to help guide you out of the past and into the present!

Keep your homes victorian charm with a modern twist by picking up a paintbrush, and following…

The Repaint Specialists: Painting Brick Like A Pro

First and foremost, it’s important to have the right tools for the job!

Here is a list of items you will want to consider before beginning your brick transformations project.

Tools For Success
  • Wire scrub brush
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Trisodium phosphate (if necessary)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Masonry or latex paint
  • Latex primer
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape

 

Prepping Like A Pro

Before you can begin any painting project, it is important to THOROUGHLY clean the area. This is especially important for brick as dust and grime can easily hide throughout the cracks and divets. You can use a wire brush and your soapy water to meticulously scrub the brick and remove any efflorescence or dirt. Once your brick has been cleaned, you’ll want to let it completely dry before painting. It’s also important to inspect the brick for any cracks or structural problems that may require repointing or some professional help.

How to Paint Brick

First, tape off any areas that you do not want painted. Then, begin by applying a quality latex or multipurpose primer to the brick. If mold or mildew was previously on the surface, you might need to apply multiple coats. Allow the primer dry completely. Next, you will want to use your roller or brushes to apply a paint formulated for masonry, or a latex paint, to the brick. Make sure to thoroughly apply an even coat to all the corners, cracks, and crevices! Follow the dry time indicated on your paint of choice (These Edmonton paint specialists suggest Behr, Cloverdale, Benjamine Moore, and Sherwin-Williams). If needed, apply multiple coats until the desired colour is reached!

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PRO TIPS

  1. Make sure all your brick is clean and free from damage! This is extremely important. You can buy an acrylic caulk to repair any small cracks before starting your brick painting project; however, if the cracks or chipping is substantial, you will need to call in a professional!
  2. Avoid using acidic cleaners as this can significantly affect the final look!Sometimes, a project like this is easier to delegate to someone with more experience!

Give The Repaint Specialists a call, and we will take the pressure off!

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