Brick and Masonry Color Tinting and Staining

What You'll Need
A-frame ladder
Brick staining kit
Pressure washer
Small plastic tub
Stiff bristle scrubbing brush
Cleaning detergent
Masking tape
Plastic sheeting
Face mask
Protective gloves

Exposure to the elements can leave masonry looking tired; bringing down the entire external look of your house. By following the few steps it takes to tint your brickwork, you can quickly and easily improve the look of your house.

Step 1 – Clean Brickwork

To prepare the surface of the masonry, it must initially be cleaned thoroughly to remove any grime or mildew that may be affecting the property. If you have one, use a pressure washer which can quickly and effectively blast away any dirt. Alternatively, fill a bucket with warm water and add a cleaning detergent that is suitable for the exterior of the property. With a stiff bristle scrubbing brush, clean the surface that you want to stain. After you have finished, rinse the surface well before allowing it to dry naturally.

Step 2 – Preparation

The next step to take before staining the masonry is to protect the sills windows and pipes that make up part of the surface that you intend to stain. Wrap the relevant areas in plastic sheeting and secure it by strategically applying masking tape so that it will not hinder the staining process.

Step 3 – Mix Stain

Read the manufacturer’s instructions before mixing the stain and familiarize yourself with the different components. The stain kit should contain a fixative and the stain solution, which will provide the color, as well as a tub suitable to mix the stain and a stirrer. Alternatively, obtain a separate clean plastic tub that you are happy to throw away and a small paintbrush or stirrer. Wear a pair of protective gloves during this process and it is also prudent to use a facemask if you are sensitive it strong odors.

Step 4 – Test

Once you have thoroughly mixed together the components to make up the stain, it will need to be tested. Paint a small amount onto an inconspicuous spot on the masonry, such as the base of a rear wall, and leave it to dry in accordance with the instructions. After it has been allowed to dry, check the resulting color to ensure that you are happy with it. Remember that it is only a small spot and you must imagine it over the full extent of the masonry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to adjust the color which will usually involve adding more stain to deepen it or water to dilute it and lighten the tone.

Step 5 – Apply Stain

Once you have the color as you want it, you can proceed to apply it to the bricks. Use a small paintbrush to paint on the stain but do not overload the brush as this may result in drip marks. Keep several damp rags to hand to wipe up any drips, paying particular attention where it drips onto the grout. After evenly applying the first coat, allow it to dry before applying another coat to get a richer color.