How to Paint Brick
Step-by-step instructions for painting a brick surface.
If classic red brick doesn’t go with your design style or your space just needs a change, why not paint over it to give it a new look? Whether you’re painting the exterior of your brick house, your fireplace, or an exposed wall, keep these tips in mind.
- If the brick surface is outside, spray with a hose or power washer. If painting an inside surface, wash the brick with a mixture of soap and water and a bristled brush. Let it dry completely. Look for any cracks or damaged areas in the brick before you paint, so you can make any necessary repairs.
- Rub your hand over the surface. If white or red dust comes off, seal with a penetrating primer made for brick before painting. Let dry.
- Apply two coats of latex paint using a low-nap roller to get a smooth finish, and cover the brick and mortar with the same color. Let the paint dry in between coat applications.