Brick Painting in Austin TX
In Austin, its becoming more common for brick home owners to have the exterior of their home’s painted. Sure, painting siding is easy, and it’s even easier if you have a stucco or wooden home. But what happens if it’s brick. Are you left out of the outdoor updates? No! Join in painted brick, the newest house painting trend. Learn more about brick painting, which is offered as part of our line of exterior painting services.
Pros of Painted Brick
Painted brick is a great way to make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. As an affordable and durable solution, painting bricks on your home can make a big impact for a small budget.
Cons of Painted Brick
If you leave bricks in their natural state, they require very little maintenance. Painted bricks need power washing and repainting every so often, depending on climate and quality of paint used. Once you have committed to painting your bricks, there is no turning back.
How to Paint Brick
Pressure washing gives the best results with the smallest amount of work. Don’t go higher than 1,500 or 2,000 pounds per square inch or you run the risk of damaging the mortar. Give your bricks some time to dry before moving on.
Remove loose paint and fix mortar
Do a once over of your bricks and remove any pieces of mortar knocked loose or any chipping areas of paint.
Sand the brick smoother with a circular sander and 80 grit paper. This will create a good surface for your new paint to adhere to.
You will need to use a high quality acrylic or latex masonry primer. Prime both the bricks and the mortar. Plan for a couple of hours for the primer to dry before moving on.
Caulk and seal
Seal any potential areas that could let water in including doors, windows, trim and chimneys. Use a quality caulk and check the work after several hours. Repeat if necessary.
Bring your vacuum out and remove any remaining dust from the facade of the home.
Paint the Brick
Since this is a home exterior, elastomeric or 100% acrylic latex are the two best options. Apply two coats in order to achieve its highest durability. Brush or roll the brick just like you would a normal wall. Use a ¾ inch roller or bigger to hit all of the bricks and mortar.
More Brick Painted Houses in Austin, TX
We periodically update this post with new photos of painted brick exteriors. See below for some examples of projects we completed.