How to Paint Brick

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You'll be pleasantly surprised by the effect a beautifully painted brick wall can have on your home.

For Best Results:

Refer to our how-to for step-by-step instructions.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick
  • Step 1

    Begin your painting project by pouring thoroughly mixed paint into a bucket and dipping a quality 5.1 - 6.4 cm wide nylon/polyester brush into the paint.

    TIP: When using more than 3.79L of paint, combine the containers for better uniformity of colour. This intermixing is called "boxing."

  • Step 2

    With your brush, paint (cut in) around the perimeter of the brick surface. Start at the top corner and continue along the ceiling and around the baseboards.

    TIP: As you cut in, be sure to remove the excess paint that collects between the bricks with your brush.

  • Step 3

    Pour paint into a paint tray and work the roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with paint. For best results, use a 13 - 25 mm roller cover.

    TIP: For larger areas, consider using a 18.9L bucket and a bucket grid.

  • Step 4

    Starting in a 91 x 91 cm section at a top corner of your project area, roll the paint onto the brick in a "W" formation.

    TIP: For an even application, begin 7.6 - 10 cm from the cut in section.

  • Step 5

    Work the roller back and forth across the section until the "W" is completely filled in. Be sure to roll over the cut in area as well.

    TIP: Reload the roller when necessary and maintain a wet edge.

  • Step 6

    Forming a column from ceiling to floor, paint the next 91 x 91 cm section directly below the previous one.

    TIP: To blend the 91 x 91 cm sections and ensure a uniform finish, lightly pass the roller over the newly painted area.

  • Step 7

    If necessary, apply more paint into the mortar where the roller has missed.

  • Step 8

    Repeat the process of forming columns and blending sections until the project is complete.

    TIP: For optimum results in quality of color and finish, apply a second coat.

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