Transforming Your Home’s Curb Appeal: Painting Exterior Brick

Eddie Shekari
July 31, 2023

If you’ve been looking to elevate your home’s curb appeal and add a touch of modernity to its facade, painting the brick can work wonders. In this blog, we will walk you through the process, from assessing your brick’s condition to choosing the right paint and applying it like a pro. By the end, you should know the secrets to painting exterior bricks and have the confidence to give your brick home a fresh and vibrant look to make it the envy of the neighborhood. 

Understanding the Basics

Assessing the Condition of Your Brick

It’s essential to assess your brick’s condition before diving into the painting process. Check for any damage, such as cracks or crumbling areas, and address repairs as needed. Repairing damaged brickwork will ensure a smooth and durable paint application.

Selecting the Proper Paint Type

When painting exterior surfaces, not all paints are created equal. Choose a paint specifically formulated for exterior use and capable of adhering to porous surfaces like brick. Consider factors like weather resistance and breathability to ensure the longevity of your paint job.

Prep Work is Key to a Successful Project

Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

To begin your painting project, gather all the required tools, including a stiff-bristled brush, rollers, a paint sprayer, a pressure washer, painter’s tape, drop cloths, and a quality exterior primer and latex paint. Using latex-based paint is a solid choice when painting exterior brick due to how easily it adheres to porous materials like brick. Having everything on hand will make the process smoother and more efficient.

Safety Precautions

Painting your brick exterior can be physically demanding, so remember to wear appropriate safety gear, such as gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask. Also, ensure your work area is well-ventilated.

Cleaning the Brick Surface

A clean surface is vital for a successful paint job. Pressure washing the brick to remove dirt, grime, and efflorescence (white mineral deposits) from the brick. If the brick on your home is older, consider using a less abrasive approach to cleaning it. Using soapy water (avoid cleaners with trisodium phosphate due to environmental concerns) can protect the lasting integrity of your aging brick. Regardless of the method you choose, allow the brick to dry completely before proceeding.

brick showing signs of aging including cracks

Repairing Cracks and Imperfections

Fill any cracks or imperfections in the brick with a high-quality masonry caulk. Smooth the caulk with a putty knife, and give it time to dry completely. This step ensures an even surface for painting.

Steps to Paint Your Brick Exterior

Priming the Surface

Applying a coat of primer is crucial for promoting paint adhesion and ensuring an even finish. Use a roller or brush to apply the primer and pay attention to any crevices or mortar joints. You want to ensure the primer gets into all the nooks and crannies in your brick.

Choosing the Right Paint Application Method

Decide whether to use brushes, rollers, or sprayers for the main application. Each method has its advantages, so choose the one that best suits your comfort level and the specific characteristics of your brick.

Painting Techniques for Brick

When applying the paint, use vertical or horizontal strokes, depending on the brick’s orientation. This will help you achieve an even finish. Be cautious of drips and runs and correct them promptly.

paint roller

Applying Multiple Coats

For a solid and consistent color, two coats of paint are generally recommended. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Follow the paint manufacturer’s guidelines for the proper drying time.

Painting Doors, Windows, and Trim

Carefully paint around doors, windows, and other trim features, using painter’s tape for clean edges. Take your time and be precise to achieve a polished final look.

Accentuating Texture with Paint

If your brick has textured surfaces, consider using different paint shades to enhance the texture and create a visually appealing effect.

Troubleshooting and Common Mistakes

Addressing Uneven Coverage

If you notice uneven coverage, touch up the areas with additional paint. Ensure each layer is applied consistently to achieve a uniform appearance.

Dealing with Paint Bubbles

Paint bubbles can occur due to moisture issues. If this happens, scrape off the affected paint, let the area dry, and apply a fresh coat.

Correcting Paint Drips

To correct drips, wait for the paint to dry, sand the affected area lightly, and apply a new coat of paint.

Tips for Fixing Paint That Won’t Adhere

If the paint doesn’t adhere well to the brick, check for any remaining dust or residue on the surface. Clean the area thoroughly and repaint as necessary.

man painting brick white

Final Touches and Cleanup

Removing Painter’s Tape

Carefully remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still slightly wet to achieve clean and crisp lines.

Inspecting for Touch-up

Inspect your work for any touch-ups needed to achieve a flawless finish.

Properly Disposing of Paint Materials

Dispose of used paint containers, brushes, and other materials responsibly and in accordance with local regulations.

Maintaining Your Painted Brick Exterior

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

Keep your painted brick looking fresh by regularly cleaning it with mild detergent and water.

Addressing Weathering and Fading

Over time, exterior paint may fade due to exposure to the elements. If needed, consider refreshing the paint every few years to maintain its vibrancy.

Pro Painters is Here to Refresh Your Home

If you follow the steps outlined above, you should be able to successfully perform an exterior home paint job. However, we understand that despite the best efforts and preparation, things may go differently than planned. 

If you’re located in the Houston area, and you tried to paint the exterior of your home with little success, as the number of steps involved in this home project can be overwhelming, Pro Painters can lend their expertise and assistance. They understand the unique characteristics of brick surfaces and can handle any repairs or prepping necessary to achieve exceptional results. Moreover, Pro Painters can recommend the best paint types and colors to suit your home’s architectural style and personal taste, enhancing your exterior’s overall appeal. So if you need extra help, call the Pros at (832) 838-4984 or visit our website today.

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.