Best way to paint this brick?


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Old 05-28-20, 10:14 AM
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Question Best way to paint this brick?

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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Old 05-28-20, 10:23 AM
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The brick on your house hasn't been painted but those colors are something the brick manufacture added to random bricks before they are sent out. I know very little about mineral paint coatings but have painted quite a few brick homes over the years. We always thinned the first coat of latex about 10% and put the next coat on full strength. There are some modern masonry primers that might be better.

The thing to remember is once you paint the brick it will always need to be painted as it's next to impossible to remove the paint without harming the brick in the process.
 
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Old 05-28-20, 11:28 AM
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Thanks MarkSr, we appreciate your input. Did you ever get callbacks on the painted brick, for peeling or any other problems? We're curious how long a latex paint job on exterior brick can be expected to look good before needing attention again.
 
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Never had a callback on painted brick. I'd expect the paint job to last at least 10 yrs although that is dependent on the quality of paint used. A good house paint will generally last longer than most masonry paints.
 
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As noted, styles come and styles go, but once brick is painted you will never be able to go back, give it some good consideration!
 
 

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