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How to Paint Brick

  1. 1
    Clean the bricks.
    • Water is typically effective in removing most of the dirt and dust from bricks.
    • Use a pressure washer if there is a layer of dirt on the surface of the house, or if there are any areas caked with mud.
    • Remove white stains with a stiff brush. White stains indicate efflorescence, or salt deposits.
    • Apply a solution of bleach and water to get rid of mildew. Leave the solution on the bricks for about 20 minutes, and then scrape the surface with a stiff brush.
  2. 2
    Prepare the surface.
    • Cover windows and doors with newspaper.
    • Repair cracks. Use a scraper to widen cracks in the bricks.
    • Apply latex primer to the surface of the bricks.
  3. 3
    Choose the paint.
    • Apply 1 coat of paint, as you only need a second coat if you can see spots of white wall behind the first layer.
    • Choose acrylic facade or latex exterior paint.
  4. 4
    Paint your brick house.
    • Apply the paint with a paint sprayer.
    • Get a paint roller for painting bricks.
    • Use a paintbrush to fill in spots that you cannot get to with the paint sprayer or roller.
  5. 5
    Let the paint dry.
  6. 6
    Add a second coat of paint. Only apply a second coat if the paint's instructions recommend it.