Painting brick

Old 01-22-01, 03:00 PM
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The mantle of my fireplace is wood painted a cream color, the outside brick edge of the fireplace is red. I'd like to paint it a different color, possibly a beige, can I? Do I prime first? Latex or oil? I have a ton of indoor and outdoor paint that I bought for $1 a can when the local Sears was remodeling and I'd like to use paint I already have. Any information is greatly appreciated.
Old 01-22-01, 06:07 PM
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You can paint brick, but I know people that will argue to no end about painting a virtually maintenance free surface, so be sure it is what you want, it is very very hard to go back. I say if you don't like it or it looks bad, then paint it.

First you will want to clean it thoroughly, I would suggest Dirtex from Sherwin Williams or TSP. Prime it with a quality masonary primer, after that dries caulk any visible cracks with a PAINTABLE latex caulk, wiping smooth with a wet finger and clean any access with a wet rag, allow to dry. Two coats of quality latex paint of your choice.

Hope this helps.

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