painting brick walls

Old 07-01-00, 06:58 PM
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I have heard of a technique used to paint brick walls that I want to try. It involves mixing joint compound with paint, and then applying to the brick wall. This is supposed to serve two purposes, first it "seals the brick" so that less paint is used, and second, it softens the look of the brick. I need to know if anyone else has heard of it, and what kind of ratio to use in mixing. Thanks for the help
Old 07-01-00, 10:15 PM
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First I think the brick should be sealed with a masonry conditioner or a block filler before you start.We used to do ceiling textures by mixing 1 gal. paint to 5 gal.drywall compound for a fairly heavy texture.I think for your brick 1 to 2 gal. paint or even a little more in 5 gal. d/wall compound would be good place to start.

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