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Need help idendifying BRICK - Want to Paint it

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Hello All,

Our house was built in the 70s and has the brick front shown in the photo. After initially researching the best way to paint exterior brick, we came to the conclusion that we should use mineral paint, aka silicate paint. But then it dawned on us that this brick may already be painted.

Can anyone identify what kind of brick this is, and the best approach for painting it? The attraction of the mineral paint is that it becomes part of the brick, allows moisture to escape, and will not bubble or peel. It's supposed to last for decades. But if this brick is already painted with something else, then perhaps we just need to use latex paint.

Thanks for your help!


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The bricks look factory treated with that finish.
It's just minerals and acid treatments.

Once you paint its permanent, there is no going back.
I've never used the mineral paints so I cannot comment.

I would suggest you go to a brick supply place and pretend like you are looking to purchase a brick similar to what you have. They'll give you some sample blocks that you would then experiment with using the mineral paint.
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