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Old 11-23-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Whitewashing exterior brick home

I have been researching whitewash on brick for sometime now. Askthebuilder.com has just about the only good info on it that I have been able to find.
A house a couple of doors down from me has a wash on their brick and I want to achieve the same look. It's a very light colored wash- like a film- in which I can still be able to tell that some bricks are darker than others. I don’t want them painted(opaque). A whitewash I have read can last for generations, unlike painting which is a lot more maintenance. We aren't crazy about the “white” part of the wash. But I have also read that 'dry pigments'(?) can be added to the mixture that could change that – like a taupe or beige tint---where do I find that ??
Do you have a recommendation as to the best way to do this? I would appreciate any advice.


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Old 11-23-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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PJ- When I have done this it has been on fireplaces like in this pic. I usually take an oil paint and thin it back to the desired transparency. I have brushed it on working into all the grout and spaces. This would be very time consuming on a whole house- but it may be able to be sprayed on.
I also have done a pickling effect on wood by adding Emusi- bond ( about 3 to 1) with latex paint . That might be another way.

Lets see if there is anyone else with ideas.


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Old 11-23-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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I have no ideas, except after it is done it is done

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