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Old 08-24-2013, 06:11 AM   #16
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As far as painting brick I have a house that has the ugliest brick veneer on it. So as far as never painting brick I might argue.

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Here's a house I flipped, and I faux painted the fireplace. The house needed lightening so I think it helped to tint the dark brick. But then, this isn't exactly a turn of the century historical landmark.
Jeff, I read flipped and faux painted fireplace and cringed. Then I saw the photo. Nice work lad!

It would have looked rather dreary and dull if you had just painted it one color though?
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Just remember most brick is meant to breathe some and sealing one side---with clear sealer or paint---can impede this.

And if you have widespread spalling, mortar/tuckpointing issues you need to source those to make sure surface patching is going resolve issues before painting or you may find yourself haunted by problems later.
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Jeff, I read flipped and faux painted fireplace and cringed. Then I saw the photo. Nice work lad!

It would have looked rather dreary and dull if you had just painted it one color though?
Thank you. It possibly could have looked dull if painted white or off-white, although I've seen fireplaces I like like that. Just personal preference and case-by-base for me personally.

As far as dealing with damaged or difficult brick or masonry, I don't know much about it. I simply put a brick primer on the fireplace which was in good condition. I understand basic efflorescence, but as to the other difficulties in this thread I'm just listening.

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This is rather a broad definition of spalling and its causes but it is not bad. It usually happens when porous bricks, or those of uneven consistency, get wet and dry out and it is especially prevalent in climates where wet bricks can also freeze and thaw.

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/ques...alling-prevent

The reason I am harping about not trying to remedy the problem of spalling and cracking with just patching up faces of the brick and paint is that if it is widespread you have masonry and tuckpointing tasks ahead of you before painting. You will not be able to see the internal brick damage from the surface and assuming it is isolated to the surface can lead to real problems if the integrity of the bricks is failing beyond what you can see.

There is not much you can do if you have rain against the brick every MWF and it bakes out of the brick on TThS but spalling usually happens when there is some other issue with some system that is supposed to be moving water from the wall not doing so. It might be leaking or inadequate gutters, wicking up from poor draining soil around the house, failed window sills or flashing. And with that resolved, you cannot just bandaid the brick.

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The 2nd pic is the back side where the flaking was worse. It looks way better than it did, and is solid after 2yrs. I'm very satisfied with product performance so far.

3rd pic is a close up of the damaged back side brick.

That second pic looks great. My house is that old, light tan, 80's color brick. Probably cause its an 80's house lol. When we had to put a new roof on a few weeks ago, I changed the color of the shingles to "old wood" from that same nappy tan color. That color is just outdated, and past its prime.

I had considered ways to change the outside brick color, since I just am not a fan. I doubt I'll ever paint it though. But I might use a stucco that has an insulation factor since I'm in TX and it would help out with the electric bill in the summer.
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As with any home painting job, if the wall has any cracks or damages on it, you need to fix them before painting. To repair Concrete Wall cracks, you must:

Identify where the cracks are on the wall
Use a concrete patch paste to fill in the cracks; if on exterior a brick caulking/ masonry caulking will be more than suffice
Smooth over the area with a putty knife, trowel if on a flat surface; or simply use your finger if applying a masonry caulking on the exterior.

If you live in Canada, just go to your local home depot or Rona . you can find there a variety of fillers in any size.
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Painting brick is probably one of the worst sins one can do against a building aside from burning it down, paints never last and when it gets dirty and starts to peel or crack as it inevitably will- it looks even worse.

I could never fathom how people could be so stupid as to paint something like gorgeous rich red permanent, non fading brick with things like gloss forest green house paint but they do because I've had to remove layers of it many times.
I can say that if you painted the brickwork and I was a potential buyer of your place, I would definitely negotiate a reduction in price and my offer based on that paint and having to have it all stripped off.
Paint takes 5 minutes to carelessly spray it all on like a grafitti artist, and hours of labor and lots of remover to get it all back off again, think twice before ever painting brick!
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It makes me mad to see painted brick. If you absolutely have to do something to it, why don't you stain it? Just my two cents..

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