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Donnakup 10-24-2011 06:27 AM

Changing chimney color
I have a red brick chimney that runs up the side of my house. My house is tan & dark brown. I want to darken the brick to a deep brown, but still want it to look like brick. I've seen painted brick(usually lighter) but it looks like paint. Could anything be done?

Gymschu 10-24-2011 09:22 AM

About the only thing you can do is paint the individual mortar joints in a suitable color to match the brick........gonna be a lot of work, but, as far as I know that's the only way.....

Blondesense 10-24-2011 09:51 AM

Not sure but there may be stains that could be used. I'd try googling masonry stains or something similar.

jsheridan 10-24-2011 07:56 PM

The problem with painting brick is that it looks like painted brick. It's the same reasoning behind painted tile, paneling, or any other surface that has joints. The reason is the painted over mortar joints, in the case of brick. There are only two ways to do it, either paint each brick individually or paint entirely and stripe the mortar with a white or very light gray, and even the second option looks like painted mortar, not natural. If the joints are concave, as opposed to flush, you can use a very short nap roller and carefully, slowly, roll over the brick without hitting the mortar. I've been party to both methods over the years, and both are tedious, time consuming jobs. Why doesn't red brick look good with tan and brown? I would think that looks sharp. I think it's probably looking a little better to you at this point, lol.

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